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Temporal range: Paleocene–Recent
The large snail is Lymnaea stagnalis
Scientific classification

Type species
Helix stagnalis
Linnaeus, 1758
  • Limneus Sandberger, 1875 (invalid: unjustified emendation of Lymnaea)
  • Lymnaea (Kazakhlymnaea) Kruglov & Starobogatov, 1984
  • Lymnaea (Lymnaea) Lamarck, 1799
  • Lymnaeus (incorrect subsequent spelling)

Lymnaea is a genus of small to large-sized air-breathing freshwater snails, aquatic pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Lymnaeidae, the pond snails.[2] Some species are used in aquaculture under the name Melantho snails.[3]

Lymnaea is the type genus of the family Lymnaeidae.[4]


Species within the genus Lymnaea include:



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  3. ^ "Aquaculture Law Digest" (PDF). Ohio Department of Natural Resources (undated). Retrieved 4 January 2014.
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  6. ^ Bargues M. D., Artigas P., Khoubbane M. & Mas-Coma S. (2011). "DNA sequence characterisation and phylogeography of Lymnaea cousini and related * , vectors of fascioliasis in northern Andean countries, with description of L. meridensis n. sp. (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae)". Parasites & Vectors 4: 132. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-4-132.
  7. ^ a b Vinarski M. V., Schniebs K., Glöer P., Son M. O. & Hundsdoerfer A. K. (2012). "The steppe relics: taxonomic study on two lymnaeid species endemic to the former USSR (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Lymnaeidae)". Archiv für Molluskenkunde 141(1): 67-85. doi:10.1127/arch.moll/1869-0963/141/067-085.
  8. ^ Correa, A. C.; Escobar, J. S.; Durand, P.; Renaud, F. O.; David, P.; Jarne, P.; Pointier, J. P.; Hurtrez-Boussès, S. (2010). "Bridging gaps in the molecular phylogeny of the Lymnaeidae (Gastropoda: Pulmonata), vectors of Fascioliasis". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 10: 381. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-381. PMC 3013105. PMID 21143890.
  9. ^ a b c Bargues, M. D.; Artigas, P.; Mera y Sierra, R. L.; Pointier, J. P.; Mas-Coma, S. (2007). "Characterisation of Lymnaea cubensis, L. Viatrix and L. Neotropica n. Sp., the main vectors of Fasciola hepatica in Latin America, by analysis of their ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA". Annals of tropical medicine and parasitology. 101 (7): 621–641. doi:10.1179/136485907X229077. PMID 17877881.
  • Vinarski V.M. (2013) One, two, or several? How many lymnaeid genera are there? Ruthenica 23(1): 41-58.