The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
This large prosobranch gastropod is locally common in calcareous regions in S. England and Wales and elsewhere over much of S. Europe and the Mediterranean region. In Cornwall the species is restricted to coastal dune habitats along the north coast, with post-1965 records at Perranporth (SW75S), Holywell (SW75U), and Crantock (SW7860). From VC2 although there are several records of ' old shells' (of indeterminate age) including a post-1999 record at Polzeath (SW97I), there is no record of ' living' P. elegans so that its current status is uncertain in that VC.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.