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Dispersal of terrestrial gastropods by birds during the nesting period
 
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Tver State University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Zoology, Tver, Russia
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Evgeniy V. Shikov   

Kalinina 37-21, Lyubertsy, Moscow Region, 140002, Russia
Submission date: 2012-02-11
Final revision date: 2013-02-02
Acceptance date: 2013-02-23
Publication date: 2013-05-01
 
Folia Malacol. 2013;21(2):105–110
 
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We observed a blackcap Sylvia atricapilla L. (Sylviidae) which carried terrestrial gastropods Fruticicola fruticum (O. F. Müller) (Bradybaenidae) and Zonitoides nitidus (O. F. Müller) (Zonitidae) in a deciduous forest. Similarly, a blackbird Turdus merula L. (Turdidae) was observed carrying a slug, Arion subfuscus s. l. (Arionidae), in a dry pine forest. Z. nitidus was transported over a distance of at least 48 m, while A. subfuscus, no less than 25 m. The possibility of terrestrial gastropod dispersal by birds during the chick-feeding period is discussed.
 
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