n African Zoology - A revision of the genus (Gastropoda : Thiaridae) in Lake Malawi

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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The genus &lt;I&gt;Melanoides&lt;/I&gt; in Lake Malawi is revised based on the morphology of the shell and the radula of collected snails and specimens in museum collections. Extensive morphological variation in the genus led to the conclusion that many of the previously described species are synonymous. <I>M. virgulata&lt;/I&gt; Ferrusac, 1827, which has erroneously been considered a synonym of <I>M. tuberculata&lt;/I&gt; in previous studies, is reinstated as a valid species. In Lake Malawi the genus &lt;I&gt;Melanoides&lt;/I&gt; comprises five species : <I>M. tuberculata, M. virgulata, M. nodicincta, M. simonsi&lt;/I&gt; and <I>M. polymorpha</I>. The last three are endemic to Lake Malawi.

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