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Taxonomic studies on the occurrence of the snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the agroecosystem

By: Javaria Altaf, Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Muhammed Javed Iqbal Siddiqui

Key Words: Malacofaunna, Identification, Agriculture, Ecosystem, Faisalabad

J. Bio. Env. Sci. 10(1), 240-252, January 2017.

Abstract

Gastropods have a very important position in our ecosystem as pest, intermediate host, food source and as bioindicators for environmental quality but the taxonomic work regarding snail species has not been carried out in this part of the world after 19th century. Total 19290 snails were collected from agro ecosystem of Faisalabad for their taxonomic characterization. The identification of the specimens was made on the basis of number of whorls, coiling of the shell, umbilicus, shape, colour, shape of the aperture, presence or absence of operculum, height (mm), diameter (mm) and the diameter of the aperture (mm) using vernier caliper. Microscopic identification was done by using recent identification keys and diagrammatic description provided in them. We found snails belonging to 2 orders 7 families 9 genera and 15 species. This is a baseline study to get the basic information about the malacofaunna of Faisalabad which will be important in various applied fields. However, new sibling species might be proposed of Zooctecus insularis after molecular characterization.

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Taxonomic studies on the occurrence of the snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the agroecosystem

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Javaria Altaf, Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Muhammed Javed Iqbal Siddiqui.
Taxonomic studies on the occurrence of the snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the agroecosystem.
J. Bio. Env. Sci. 10(1), 240-252, January 2017.
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