Lymnaea acuminata

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Lymnaea acuminata
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Hygrophila
Superfamily: Lymnaeoidea
Family: Lymnaeidae
Subfamily: Lymnaeinae
Genus: Lymnaea
Species: L. acuminata
Binomial name
Lymnaea acuminata
Lamarck, 1822

Lymnaea acuminata is a species of freshwater snail in the family Lymnaeidae. It is native to South Asia, where it occurs in Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. There it is a widespread and common species.[1]

Biology[edit]

This snail lives in water bodies such as lakes, streams, and wetlands with thick vegetation. It easily survives in polluted waters.[1]

Parasites[edit]

Lymnaea acuminata is a host for many species of trematodes. It is the first intermediate host for Schistosoma nasale and S. spindale.[2] It is also an intermediate host for the liver flukes Fasciola gigantica and F. hepatica, which cause the infectious disease fasciolosis in humans and other mammals.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Budha, P.B., Dutta, J. & Daniel, B.A. 2010. Lymnaea acuminata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. Downloaded on 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ Liu L., et al. (2010). The phylogeography of Indoplanorbis exustus (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in Asia. Parasites & Vectors 3 57. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-3-57.
  3. ^ Tripathi, A. P., et al. (2013). Behavioral responses of the snail Lymnaea acuminata towards photo and chemo attractants: A new step in control program of fasciolosis. International Journal of Zoology 2013 439276.