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Bellamya chinensis

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 12:36


Aquatic Animal
Species (Common): 
Chinese Mystery Snail

Bellamya chinensis: Chinese Mystery Snail

Species Identification:

The Chinese mystery snail is a freshwater gastropod introduced to the United States via aquarium trade. It is a large snail that may reach a shell length of up to 70 mm. The shell is globose and has 6-7 whorls that are convex and have a clear suture. Mature snails have olive green, greenish brown, brown, or reddish brown shells. The outer lip has a black coloring. The Chinese mystery snail has a concentricall marked operculum, or "trap door," that can close when water quality is not sufficient.

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