Wild Florida Photo - Pomacea paludosa

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Pomacea paludosa

FLORIDA APPLE SNAIL

Florida native

 

The Florida apple snail is the largest native North American freshwater snail, having a natural range of central and south Florida plus Cuba. Pomacea paludosa is the only native of all the applesnails now in Florida. The snail kite (Rostrthamus sociabilis) almost exclusively feeds on the Florida apple snail. It is also a favorite food of the limpkin.

 
Pomacea paludosa is a member of the Ampullariidae - Apple snails family.

Other species of the Pomacea genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Pomacea insularum - ISLAND APPLESNAIL


Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas

  Edward J. Petuch; Robert F. Myers
 Their Ecology and Biodiversity

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Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas
Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas: Their Ecology and Biodiversity is the first comprehensive overview of the ecology and biodiversity of the phylum Mollusca in the area of Florida extending from the Dry Tortugas and Ten Thousand Islands in the west to Palm Beach in the east. The book provides detailed analyses of molluscan faunas found in 20 different ecosystems, emphasizing the marine environments of the Florida Keys archipelago and its extensive coral reef tracts. Full-page color illustrations portray living animals, unique Keys environments, underwater ecosystems, and satellite images. More than 1,200 species of macromollusks—in 86 gastropod families and 54 bivalve families—are recorded from the study area, with color plates illustrating over 550 of the region’s most ecologically important species. For the first time in any book on the malacology of the Florida Keys area, the 20 marine ecosystems and their associated molluscan assemblages are arranged by the CMECS (Coastal Marine Ecological Classification Standard) system. This system emphasizes the hierarchical relationships determined by substrate type, bathymetry, and water chemistry. Along with complete species lists for every molluscan assemblage, this handy guide introduces ten newly-discovered gastropods, including new species in the families Muricidae, Buccinidae, Nassariidae, Naticidae, Turritellidae, and Olividae. Two new bivalves in the families Pectinidae and Arcidae are also described in a special systematic appendix. This richly illustrated book is written for the professional scientific audience interested in mollusks, marine ecology, evolution, and taxonomy as well as malacologists, naturalists, and shell collectors. It is also an ideal synoptic field guide, showing where individual species of mollusks can be found and within which ecosystems they occur.


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