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White-lipped Snail on Rosemary

Cepaea hortensis on Rosmarinus officinalis

Description:

medium-sized species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc. It is a close relative of the grove snail also known as the brown-lipped snail. ........................................................................................................................ Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which includes many other herbs. The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea",[2] because in many locations, it needs no water other than the humidity carried by the sea breeze to live. The plant is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning "flower". Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many culinary and medical uses. The plant is said to improve the memory. The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffings and roast meats.

Habitat:

Rosmarinus officinalis is one of two species[dubious – discuss] in the genus Rosmarinus. The other species is the closely related, but less commercially viable, Rosmarinus eriocalyx of the Maghreb of Africa and Iberia. Named by the 18th-century naturalist and founding taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus, it has not undergone much taxonomic change since.

Notes:

The white-lipped snail is very slightly smaller than the grove snail, the shell being usually about 2.5 cm (1 in) in maximum dimension. Like the grove snail, it has considerable variability in shell colour and banding, although the shell of the white-lipped snail is perhaps most commonly yellow, with or without brown banding. The principal distinguishing feature of this species is a white lip at the aperture of the shell in adult specimens, although very rarely the brown-lipped grove snail can have a white lip, and vice versa. ...................................................................................................................... Rosmarinus officinalis is one of two species[dubious – discuss] in the genus Rosmarinus. The other species is the closely related, but less commercially viable, Rosmarinus eriocalyx of the Maghreb of Africa and Iberia. Named by the 18th-century naturalist and founding taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus, it has not undergone much taxonomic change since.

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Surprised to see it on Rosemary.

Ruby Rausch
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Ruby Rausch

Ventimiglia, Liguria, Italy

Spotted on Nov 7, 2012
Submitted on Nov 7, 2012

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