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Melanoides tuberculata
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Melanoides tuberculata
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Gastropods
Common name: RED-RIM MELANIA

Overview:

Melanoides tuberculata is a medium-sized, predominantly freshwater snail commonly known as the Red-Rim Melania. It has a broad native range throughout subtropical-tropical regions of Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and Australia. It has been widely introduced around the world and has colonized estuaries in some locations, including Florida, Louisiana, California, and Hawaii. It is predominantly found in freshwater springs, streams, lakes and swamps, but occasionally inhabits brackish and marine habitats, especially mangroves. It is host to a number of parasitic species and in some areas is known to outcompete native snails for algal resources.

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Citation:

Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis/.
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