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

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Original languageEnglish
JournalKNOWLEDGE AND MANAGEMENT OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Volume418
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
ISSN1961-9502
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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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.
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