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The 5-7.5 x 2.4-2.9 mm shell has 4-5 moderately convex whorls.The aperture inside is slightly thickened. There are no apertural teeth and there is no umbilicus. Shell colour is horny yellowish to reddish brown. The animal is greyish or blackish, with dark tentacles .
This species can be hard to differentiate from the similar species Cochlicopa lubricella.
Cochlicopa repentina Hudec, 1960 has been evaluated as a form of Cochlicopa lubrica in 1994.
This species occurs in countries and islands including:
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- Spencer, H.G., Marshall, B.A. & Willan, R.C. (2009). Checklist of New Zealand living Mollusca. Pp 196-219 in Gordon, D.P. (ed.) New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume one. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch