Indoplanorbis exustus
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Classification: | Kingdom: Animalia | Phylum: Mollusca | Class: Gastropoda | Superfamily: Planorboidea | Family: Planorbidae | Genus: Indoplanorbis |

The picture below showed the size of the snail compared to the smaller Bladder Snail (Physa acuta). The other picture showed egg masses that might belong to this snail.

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This fresh water snail is supposed to be common in some South-East Asian countries. From the number of reports seen [1-3], this snail appeared to be very common in India and a handy experimental subject. It is the host of some parasites that may infect animals and humans [1, 4]. Despite the many reports, mainly on the invasiveness, parasitic host and control of this snail, pictures of the life snail are rare in the Internet.


[1] Aditya G, Raut SK. Destruction of Indoplanorbis exustus (Planorbidae) eggs by Pomacea bridgesi (Ampullariidae). Molluscan Research 2002;22:87-90. | Read article |

[2] Mantale AB, Patil MU. Age related changes in reproductive activity and growth in Indoplanorbis exustus. Trends in Life Sciences 2012;1(2):9-12. | Read article |

[3] Goel HC, Parshar BD. Effect of temperature on the development of Indoplanorbis exustus (Mollusca: Pulmonata). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 1979;33(3):378-380.

[4] Liu L, Mondal MM, Idris MA, Lokman HS, Rajapakse PJ, Satrija F, Diaz JL, Upatham ES, Attwood SW. The phylogeography of Indoplanorbis exustus (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in Asia. Parasites & Vectors 2010;3:57. | Read article |