Oral shelling of Bulinus spp. (Mollusca

Planorbidae) by the Lake Malaŵi cichlid, Metriaclima lanisticola (Pisces: Cichlidae)

Mary Lundeba, Jeremy S. Likongwe, Henry Madsen, Jay Richard Stauffer, Jr.

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Abstract

Metriaclima lanisticola (a native cichlid of Lake Malaŵi) was studied under laboratory conditions to evaluate its potential as an agent for the biological control of schistosome intermediate host snails (i.e., Bulinus globosus, Bulinus nyassanus, and Bulinus tropicus). Crushing resistance of the three snail species was evaluated. M. lanisticola orally shelled snails of all species. Although there was no preference among species, fish preferred small to large snails. Crushing resistance of snails revealed that B. nyassanus had the highest resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-597
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Freshwater Ecology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Planorbidae
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Cichlidae
cichlid
Pisces
Mollusca
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snails
mouth
lakes
lake
crushing
Bulinus globosus
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Schistosoma
intermediate hosts
biological control
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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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