Lymnaea stagnalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common name: European Pond Snail
Genus Lymnaea Lamarck, 1799
Original name: Helix stagnalis Linnaeus, 1758. Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera,species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Edito decimal, reformata. Tomus 1. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae [=Stockholm], i-iv, 1-824pp.
Type locality: Sweden.
Synonyms: Limnaea tasmanica Tenison Woods, 1876 and many others.
Amongst water weeds etc., in ponds. Very rarely seen in the wild in Australia. Feeds on algae and detritus. Egg mass a crescent-shaped jelly strip containing many small eggs. Development direct.
Introduced from Europe, this species is found in a few ponds in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Launceston and is sometimes seen in aquaria around the country.
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