What's in the name?

The scientific name, Vertigo elatior, is Latin.  Vertigo, in Latin, means coil and elatior means raised (Whitaker 2010).  The common name, Tapered vertigo, means a coil progressively getting smaller to one end (Whitaker 2010).  This name suites the Tapered vertigo well when looking at a picture of it's shell (to the left).  For further classification click on "Classification" below.

Figure 1: Picture of Vertigo elatior shell.