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Biological Invasions

, Volume 12, Issue 9, pp 2985–2990 | Cite as

Theba pisana (Müller, 1774) (Gastropoda, Helicidae) and other alien land molluscs species in Argentina

  • Alejandra Rumi
  • Julieta Sánchez
  • Noelia S. Ferrando
Invasion Note

Abstract

The presence and distribution in Argentina of the invasive snail species Theba pisana is presented on the basis of a survey carried out in 10 beach resorts along the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires Province. Additionally, complementary information and complete revision of material of other exotic terrestrial gastropods housed in museum collections was carried out, reporting herein seven new species for Argentina (Otala punctata, Hawaiia minuscula, Paralaoma servilis, Opeas goodalli, Vallonia pulchella, Vertigo ovata and Pupisoma dioscoricola), one for Colombia (Subulina octona), and two for Peru (S. octona and P. dioscoricola). At present, 42 introduced species of terrestrial gastropods have been recorded in nine countries of South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela). The most likely pathways for introduction of terrestrial gastropods, at least in Argentina, are horticultural development and urban and suburban transformation of original natural habitats.

Keywords

Alien species Argentina Land molluscs Theba pisana 

Abbreviations

GISP

Global Invasive Species Programme

MLP

Museo de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to acknowledge to C.A. Galliari to help in the field work and CONICET and FCNyM-UNLP P.I. No 470 for funding this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandra Rumi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julieta Sánchez
    • 1
  • Noelia S. Ferrando
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.División Zoología Invertebrados, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y MuseoUniversidad Nacional de La PlataBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)Buenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas (CIC)Buenos Aires ProvinceArgentina

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