n African Zoology - Ecological conditions for spread of the invasive snail (Pulmonata : Physidae) in the Ivory Coast

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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, originally described from the Lesser Antilles, was introduced into Africa before 1900 and has previously been reported from Bénin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. Here we show that it is also common in temporary ponds, fish ponds, dams and streams in the La Mé and Agnéby basins, southern Ivory Coast. Population dynamics were studied in one river in Agboville and in one permanent pond in Attinguié. Fortnightly sampling carried out throughout 2005 at the two sites revealed two main periods of recruitment: during the first rainy season in July and during the second rainy season in October. In the Agboville river, a positive association was found between densities and percentage cover of the aquatic plants and . Similar associations were found between densities and both high water redox potential and rainfall values. However in the Attinguié pond, a negative association was observed between and densities. We discuss the timing, status and potential consequences of the invasion of this snail species into the Ivory Coast and the African continent.

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