Pomacea

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Pomacea
Pomacea.jpg
A live individual of Pomacea bridgesii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

informal group Architaenioglossa

Superfamily: Ampullarioidea
Family: Ampullariidae
Subfamily: Ampullariinae
Tribe: Ampullariini
Genus: Pomacea
(Perry, 1810)[1]

Pomacea is a genus of freshwater snails with gills and an operculum, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Ampullariidae. The genus is native to the Americas and most species are restricted to South America.

As Pomacea (or sometimes incorrectly Ampullarius) it is commonly sold in the aquarium trade as "[color] mystery snail" or "apple snail". Some species have been introduced outside their native range and are considered invasive because of their voracious appetite for plants; consequently imports involving this genus is restriced in some regions (including the United States) and entirely banned in others (including the EU).[2]

Species[edit]

Species in the genus Pomacea include:

subgenus Effusa Jousseaume, 1889

subgenus Pomacea Perry, 1810

As invasive species[edit]

Because of the potential to destroy aquatic and marsh vegetation in the wild, the European Union has banned all imports of snails from the Ampullariidae family, which includes the Pomacea genus.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perry (1810). Arcana, sign. G5.
  2. ^ a b Dawes, J. (14 January 2013). International Waters: EU Finally Bans Apple Snail Imports. Retrieved 4 June 2014
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l IUCN 2014. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Pomacea". The apple snail website, Accessed 12 May 2011.
  5. ^ Cazzaniga, N. J. (2002). "Old species and new concepts in the taxonomy of Pomacea (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae)". Biocell : official journal of the Sociedades Latinoamericanas de Microscopia Electronica ... et. al 26 (1): 71–81. PMID 12058383.  edit PDF
  6. ^ Hayes K. A., Cowie R. H., Thiengo S. C. & Strong E. E. (2012). "Comparing apples with apples: clarifying the identities of two highly invasive Neotropical Ampullariidae (Caenogastropoda)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 166(4): 723-753. {{doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2012.00867.x}}.
  7. ^ Vázquez A. A. & Perera S. (2010). "Endemic Freshwater molluscs of Cuba and their conservation status". Tropical Conservation Science 3(2): 190-199. HTM, PDF.

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