Aquatic Macrophytes as Microhabitats of Radix auricularia (Gastropoda: Pulmonata): A Case Study from Southeast Bulgaria
Stanislava Y. Vasileva, Dilian G. Georgiev, Gana M. Gecheva
University of Plovdiv, Faculty of Biology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Conservation, 24, Tzar Assen Str., 4000 Plovdiv, BULGARIA
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Abstract. The aim of the current study is to investigate the abundance of the freshwater pulmonate snail Radix auricularia among different aquatic plants communities, with the view of understanding if there is any particular habitat preference, comparing two freshwater basins having similar environmental conditions. The freshwater plant species were collected by net from two ponds at the end of May 2009 - 650 g wet plant mass, micro dam at Chernoochene Village, East Rhodopes Mts.; 138 g wet plant mass, small flood pond near the Maritza River, Plovdiv City, Upper Thracian Lowland. The plant mass was weighted in the laboratory after the alive snails were collected from the plant surface. Totally three species of freshwater plants were inhabited by R. auricularia, but its\ abundance and possible preference was highest on the Rigid Hornworth (Ceratophyllum demersum).
Key words: Radix auricularia, freshwater, macrophytes, habitats, ponds, South Bulgaria.
Ecologia Balkanica, 2009, vol. 1, pp. 91-94.
Article № EB-01-2009_SN_01, ICID: 905624, [Full text - PDF]