Monachoides live snails wanted

My friend and colleague, malacologist Tereza Kosová from Charles University in Prague is studying species of the genus Monachoides. I would like to ask you to send her a few living specimens from your field trips across Europe.

The widespread species in forests is Monachoides incarnatus. Another species from the genus Monachoides is Monachoides vicinus, that lives in forests in Carpathian Mountains. Few other species of Monachoides have been described from Balkan Peninsula.

Monachoides map

Distribution map of Monachoides. Drawing by Tereza Kosová, CC-BY-4.0.

She is looking for living animals from various places in Europe. If you would like to help her with her research, you can send her a few living specimens from your area or a place where you are going for a walk.

Monachoides incarnatus

Monachoides incarnatus from Slovakia. Photo by Jozef Grego, public domain. Source: AnimalBase.

The best way how to send snails is to store them in a nylon stocking in which snails can breathe but can not escape. The label with GPS should be hidden in a small plastic bag to prevent snail from eating it. Put the stocking in a paper box so that the snail does not break free during the transport.

step 1)
Collect a few Monachoides snails. Write down the date of collection, locality, name of collector on paper.

Monachoides incarnatus collectingWhat you need: paper with locality name, small plastic bag, Monachoides snails, nylon stocking bag, plastic box, bubble wrap envelope. That’s all.

step 2)
Put the paper into the small plastic bag (so snails will not eat the tasty paper). Put snails and the locality name into the nylon stocking bag. Put the nylon bag with snails to any box. Wrap it into the bubble wrap envelope. Write down the address and send it to Tereza. Thank you!Monachoide incarnatus sendingYou do not need to send the package as a parcel. You can spare money if you send it as an ordinary letter with maximum size 35.3 × 25 × 2 cm. Do not worry about snails. If you send freshly collected snails, they should withstand the transport easily. But if you were going to your field trip for a few days, then you can keep live snails in a wet soil or in a wet terrarium substrate during the field trip. Then you can send it including the substrate in the same way as you would send your terrarium snail pets.

You can find contact information at the website alongside with her bibliography here:

The address is (in English):
Tereza Kosova
Department of Zoology
Charles University, Faculty of Science
Vinicna 7
CZ-128 44 Prague 2
Czech Republic

The address in Czech:
Tereza Kosová
Katedra zoologie
Viničná 7
128 44 Praha 2

Monachoides incarnatus samples

Tubes with samples of Monachoides incarnatus in ethanol prepared for molecular phylogenetic analysis. Photo by Tereza Kosová, CC-BY-4.0.


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Images of Monachoides incarnatus at website

Characteristics of Monachoides incarnatus at AnimalBase website with images

Images of Monachoides vicinus at website

Characteristics of Monachoides vicinus at AnimalBase website with images

Photo of the day (2): Monachoides incarnatus

Monachoides incarnatus is a very common hygromiid living in forests. Although it is very common, it does not go away from its forest to open land. It is easily recognizable for its reddish apertural margin and for example also for its typical microsculpture of shell (that is partly visible on the first photo).


I have taken this one to home and it is feeding on a piece of cucumber. It seems, that cucumber is the best food source for many snails. But I do not know, if it is only for large amount of water in cucumber (that may be more crucial in artificial conditions than in nature) or for the structure of this food or if it is somehow tasteful for snails.