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South African Journal of Science

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DANA, P.  and  APPLETON, C.C.. Observations on the population dynamics of the invasive freshwater snail Aplexa marmorata (Pulmonata: Physidae) in Durban, South Africa. S. Afr. j. sci. [online]. 2007, vol.103, n.11-12, pp. 493-496. ISSN 0038-2353.

The invasive freshwater snail Aplexa marmorata was shown to exhibit a univoltine reproductive pattern in two ecologically different habitats, a stable ornamental pond and a small, unstable lake. Generation times and the timing of egg-laying periods did, however, differ between these two sites. It is suggested that the retention of a univoltine pattern in the lake, despite a prolonged drop in water level, may be evidence that A. marmorata is not as reproductively flexible as Physa acuta, the other physid invader in South Africa. Such a lack of reproductive flexibility may explain why A. marmorata has not invaded rivers whereas P. acuta, which is known to adopt a multivoltine pattern following repeated disturbances to its habitat, has done so.

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