Apfelschnecken / Maike Wilstermann-Hildebrand

The family Ampullariidae

Attention: English description for the German edition!

  • Paperback
  • 62 pages
  • 65 colour photos
  • Natur und Tier-Verlag
  • 1st edition (2009)
  • Size: 20.4 × 14.4 × 0.6 cm

Apple snails have been kept in Germany for more than 100 years. Even then they were kept with great enthusiasm and care. As there were no aquarium heaters in the early days, this meant that in autumn and winter, due to the lack of aquarium heating, containers with hot water had to be placed on or in the tanks every few hours to keep the animals alive. Even the voracious appetite of Pomacea canaliculata, which was imported as Ampullaria giga at the time, did not diminish the enjoyment of the animals. On the contrary, it seems to have been part of the attraction to watch such an animal eat an entire head of lettuce within a week.

  • Foreword
  • Systematic position
  • Evolution and relationships
  • Body structure
  • Body
    • Body cover
    • Outer soft body
    • Mantle cavity
    • Radula
    • Jaw
  • Sensory system
  • Reproduction
  • Sex differentiation
  • Sexual expression
  • Lifestyle and distribution
  • Apple snails as a pest
  • Control of apple snails
  • Distinguishing the species
  • Purchase and transport
  • The aquarium
  • Feeding
  • Apple snails and algae
  • Breeding
  • Diseases and parasites
  • Poisoning
  • Shell damage
  • Species kept in the aquarium
    • Genus Pomacea
    • Genus Asolene
    • Genus Marisa
    • Genus Pila
  • Further information
  • Used and further literature

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