Lymnaea tomentosa

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Lymnaea tomentosa
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Austropeplea tomentosa shells
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. tomentosa
Binomial name
Lymnaea tomentosa
(L. Pfeiffer, 1855)

Saccinea tomentosa Pfeiffer, 1855
Limnaea arguta Hutton, 1885
Limnaea ampulla Hutton, 1885
Limnaea tomentosa Hutton, 1885
Amphipeplea ampulla globosa Suter, 1891
Myxas ampulla waikariensis umber, 1941
Limnaea tomentosa Climo and Pul lan, 1972
Austropeplea (Lymnaea) tomentosa

Lymnaea tomentosa is a species of freshwater snail, an aquatic gastropod mollusc in the family Lymnaeidae.

This species lives in New Zealand.[1] These snails are found in both the North and South Islands and on aquatic plants in swamps, ponds, and quiet waters.[1] In Australia (in particular South-East New South Wales), this species was reported to serve as one of the most important intermediate hosts for liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica).[2]


Subspecies exists:


Lymnaea tomentosa is an intermediate host of Fasciola hepatica.[3] Lymnaea tomentosa was also shown to be receptive to miracidia of Fasciola gigantica from East Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia under laboratory conditions.[3]


  1. ^ a b Powell A. W. B., New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
  2. ^ Boray, Joseph C. "Dr." (PDF). Department of Primary Industries. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Soliman M. F. M. (2008). "Epidemiological review of human and animal fascioliasis in Egypt". The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries 2(3): 182-189. abstract. PDF

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