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Two new exotic snail species for the Dutch fauna
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Non-native snails in the Netherlands

Viviparus acerosus, a new exotic snail species for the Dutch fauna (2009)

Viviparus acerosus, a Central European species originally inhabiting the Danube drainage system, is reported for the first time from The Netherlands. The species is commercially sold for gardens ponds or aquaria, from which they may have escaped or have been released. On account of its resemblance with the two native Viviparus species the species is easily overlooked.    

Download the article Viviparus acerosus (Bourguignat, 1862) (Gastropoda: Viviparidae), a new exotic snail species for the Dutch fauna  by D. Menno Soes, Peter Glöer and Anton J. de Winter.

Bellamya chinensis, a new alien snail species for the European fauna (2011)

Bellamya chinensis, an Asian species, is reported for the first time from the Netherlands. These records are also the first reports from Europe. The species is commercially sold for garden ponds and aquaria, from which they may have escaped or been released. It is anticipated that this species will become invasive in the Netherlands and beyond. 

Download the article Bellamya chinensis (Gray, 1834) (Gastropoda: Viviparidae), a new alien snail species for the European fauna by D. Menno Soes, Gerard D. Majoor and Stef M.A. Keulen

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