n African Zoology - Preliminary study on the culture and breeding of (Mollusca: Pulmonata) under laboratory conditions - : short communication

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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We successfully artificially cultured and bred <I>Bulinus nyassanus, &lt;/I&gt; endemic to Lake Malawi and an intermediate host of <I>Schistosoma haematobium.&lt;/I&gt; The laboratory culture of this snail species is essential in relation to further experiments on the feasibility of using facultative snail-eating fishes as biological control agents for intermediate hosts of <I>Schistosoma haematobium</I> in the open waters of Lake Malawi. The artificial culture of <I>B. nyassanus&lt;/I&gt; will also enable us to collect important life history information including fecundity, egg development, hatchability, survival at varying temperatures and growth rates.

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