The invasive Chinese mystery snail Bellamya chinensis (Gastropoda: Viviparidae) expands its European range to Belgium

Tom Van den Neucker, Tom Schildermans, Kevin Scheers

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Abstract

In this paper we report the first Belgian records of the invasive Chinese mystery snail Bellamya chinensis. A walkover-survey along the Laak, a small lowland river, yielded a total of 20 live B. chinensis. The presence of both juvenile and adult individuals, with a shell height ranging from 16.6 to 47.5 mm, indicates that the species is firmly established. The most probable source of introduction is a nearby garden center that specializes in ornamental fish and plants for garden ponds.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKNOWLEDGE AND MANAGEMENT OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Volume418
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
ISSN1961-9502
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Thematic List 2020

  • Water

Thematic list

  • Species and biotopes
  • Management
  • Invasive species control

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B005-zoology

Taxonomic list

  • snails, clams and mussels (Mollusca)

Geographic list

  • Belgium

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