Pila (gastropod)

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


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]

Pila ampullacea and Pila pesmei are some of the rice field snail species traditionally eaten in Thailand that have been displaced by the invasive Golden Apple Snail, Pomacea canaliculata.[6]


  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.
  6. ^ Heavy Predation on Freshwater Bryozoans by the Golden Apple Snail, Pomacea canaliculata Lamarck, 1822 (Ampullariidae); The Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University 6(1): 31-36, May 2006

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