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The River Limpet (Ancylus fluviatilis) is a species of very small, freshwater, air-breathing limpet, an aquatic pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the tribe Ancylini within the family Planorbidae, the ram's horn snails and their allies.

Distribution and conservation status[]

This species occur in Europe in the following countries and islands:

  • The British Isles: Great Britain and Ireland
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • France
  • and others


This freshwater limpet is rheophile, which lives in fast-running waters. Can be found attached to rocks where it grazes algae.