Taxonomy Search:

Myosotella myosotis
Image courtesy of Malcolm Story, BioImages - the Virtual Fieldguide (UK) through the Encyclopedia of Life and the creative commons CC BY-NC-SA license.
Myosotella myosotis
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Gastropods
Common name: MOUSE-EAR SNAIL


Myosotella myosotis is commonly known as the Mouse-Ear Snail. It is a small, semi-terrestrial snail, occurring on the upper edges of salt marshes and pilings. It is native to the eastern Atlantic from the British Isles and western Baltic to the Mediterranean. It has been introduced to a number of locations around the globe, often being re-described, and therefore has a complex taxonomy with a number of synonyms. It is introduced in the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to the West Indies, the eastern Pacific from Washington to California, and the coasts of South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. It is an air-breathing snail, which normally inhabits damp soil, wood, and vegetation above the waterline. No impacts are reported for this species in its introduced range.

This is some default tab content, embedded directly inside this space and not via Ajax. It can be shown when no tabs are automatically selected, or associated with a certain tab, in this case, the first tab.


Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
Access Date:

Marine Invasions Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

P.O. Box 28
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037-0028 Tel: 443 482 2200
Fax: 443 482 2380

Databases Overview| Chesapeake Bay | National Database |