Notes on the current status of freshwater snails fauna of the Palestinian territories (West Bank)
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Palestine Museum of Natural History, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, Palestine
Department of Environmental Health, Ministry of Health, Salfit, Palestine
Department of Biology, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Zuhair S. Amr   

Department of Biology, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Submission date: 2022-12-27
Final revision date: 2023-02-04
Acceptance date: 2023-02-27
Online publication date: 2023-03-25
A total of 14 species of freshwater snails are recorded from the Palestinian Territories (West Bank). They belong to seven families (Cochliopidae, Melanopsidae, Neritidae, Lymnaeidae, Physidae, Planorbidae, and Thiaridae) in eleven genera (Bulinus, Eupaludestrina, Heleobia, Galba, Melanoides, Melanopsis, Mieniplotia, Physella, Planorbella, Radix, and Theodoxus). Planorbella duryi (Wetherby, 1879) is an invasive alien species recorded for the first time in the West Bank. The most common species were Physella acuta, Melanopsis buccinoidea and Theodoxus jordani. All previous records of Theodoxus macri are now considered as T. jordani. Bulinus truncatus, the intermediate host for schistosomiasis, was found in three localities within the West Bank, representing the first records for this species within the Palestinian Territories.
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