Pseudosuccinea columella 

Scope: Mediterranean
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Hygrophila Lymnaeidae

Scientific Name: Pseudosuccinea columella (Say, 1817)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Mimic Lymnaea
Lymnaea columella Say, 1817
Taxonomic Source(s): Johnson, P.D., Bogan, A.E., Brown, K.M., Burkhead, N.M., Cordeiro, J.R., Garner, J.T., Hartfield, P.D., Lepitzki, D.A.W., Mackie, G.L., Pip, E., Tarpley, T.A., Tiemann, J.S., Whelan, N.V. and Strong, E.E. 2013. Conservation status of freshwater gastropods of Canada and the United States. Fisheries 38(6): 247-282.
Taxonomic Notes: There is ongoing debate as to whether this species should be placed in the genus Stagnicola or Stagnicola retained as a subgenus of the genus Lymnaea.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Not Applicable (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-03-31
Assessor(s): Seddon, M.B.
Reviewer(s): Van Damme, D., Fehér, Z., Ramos, M., Rolán, E. & Cuttelod, A.
This common Nearctic species has been introduced in Europe, New Zealand and different regions of Africa. This species has a localised range in the Mediterranean and is not under threat, and as such is Least Concern, but as a non-native species it is not considered to be a species for evaluation, and as such the status in the Mediterranean is Not Applicable (NA).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This common Nearctic species has been introduced in Europe, New Zealand and different regions of Africa. In the Mediterranean it has been recorded from France, Italy, Spain (Balearic Islands, Mainland) and Egypt (Brown 1994) where it is thought to have been introduced in 1944 (Mandahl-Barth 1968).
Countries occurrence:
Egypt; France; Italy (Italy (mainland)); Spain (Baleares, Canary Is., Spain (mainland))
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Population [top]

Population:This is a common species with an expanding distribution within the region.
Current Population Trend:Increasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in all kinds of stagnant and slow-flowing water bodies, including rare and seasonal pools (aestivation up to 6 months has been reported).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is considered to be a vector of Fasciola gigantica which affects livestock and as a consequence this species is targeted by control programmes with an aim of eradication.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are known in the Mediterranean for this introduced species.

Citation: Seddon, M.B. 2011. Pseudosuccinea columella. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T156043A4897808. . Downloaded on 22 July 2018.
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