Pila (gastropod)

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Pila
Pila ampullacea pilidae 000.JPG
A shell and operculum of Pila ampullacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

informal group Architaenioglossa

Superfamily: Ampullarioidea
Family: Ampullariidae
Subfamily: Ampullariinae
Tribe: Ampullariini
Genus: Pila
Röding, 1798[1]
Diversity[2]
about 30 species

Pila is a genus of large freshwater snails with an operculum, African and Asian apple snails, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Ampullariidae, the apple snails.

Distribution[edit]

Distribution of the genus Pila include Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia and Indo-Pacific islands.[3]

Species[edit]

Species within the genus Pila include:

subgenus Pila

subgenus Turbinicola Annandale & Prashad, 1921[4]

Human use[edit]

The shell of Pila sp. is used in traditional ethnomedicine for weakness by Saharia people in Rajasthan, India.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Röding P. F. (1798). Museum Boltenianum sive catalogus cimeliorum e tribus regnis naturæ quæ olim collegerat Joa. Fried Bolten, M. D. p. d. per XL. annos proto physicus Hamburgensis. Pars secunda continens conchylia sive testacea univalvia, bivalvia & multivalvia. pp. [1-3], [1-8], 1-199. Hamburg. page 145.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Pila". The apple snail website, Accessed 16 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Brown D. S. (1994). Freshwater Snails of Africa and their Medical Importance. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-7484-0026-5.
  4. ^ Annandale N. & Prashad B. (1921). Rec. Indian Mus. 22: 9.
  5. ^ Mahawar M. M. & D. P. Jaroli (2007). Traditional knowledge on zootherapeutic uses by the Saharia tribe of Rajasthan, India". Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 3: 25. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-3-25.

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