Parasitology Research

, Volume 101, Issue 5, pp 1389–1392 | Cite as

Pseudosuccinea columella (Say 1817) (Gastropoda, Lymnaeidae), snail host of Fasciola hepatica: first record for France in the wild

  • Jean-Pierre Pointier
  • Christine Coustau
  • Daniel Rondelaud
  • André Theron
Original Paper


The lymnaeid snail Pseudosuccinea columella has shown strong invasive capabilities in the last decades, and this species has now a worldwide distribution. So far, the presence of this snail in Europe was restricted to botanical gardens, but the recent discovery of a few specimens along the banks of the Lot River, southwestern France is the first record of this species in the wild. The first generation of this P. columella isolate obtained in the laboratory was used for parasitological tests with a French Fasciola hepatica sample. Experimental infections showed that 100% of snails (n = 26) developed infection when exposed to F. hepatica miracidia. Consequences for the epidemiology of F. hepatica transmission in France are discussed.


Intermediate Host Snail Sampling Cuban Population Lymnaeid Snail Penial Sheath 
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We are grateful to Dr. Bernard Garrigues for his help in collecting samples in Castelmoron sur Lot. Authors thank « ATC INSERM Environnement Santé » for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Pierre Pointier
    • 1
  • Christine Coustau
    • 1
  • Daniel Rondelaud
    • 2
  • André Theron
    • 1
  1. 1.Biologie et Ecologie Tropicale et Méditerranéenne, UMR 5244 CNRS-EPHE-UPVDUniversité Via DomitiaPerpignan cedexFrance
  2. 2.UPRES EA no 3174/USC INRAFaculté de MédecineLimoges cedexFrance

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