Reproduction of Balea (Pseudalinda) stabilis (L. Pfeiffer, 1847) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Clausiliidae) kept under laboratory conditions
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Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, University of Łódź, Poland
Museum of Natural History, Wrocław University, Poland
Submission date: 2011-11-11
Final revision date: 2011-12-11
Acceptance date: 2011-12-18
Publication date: 2020-04-08
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Anna Sulikowska-Drozd
Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, University of Łódź, Banacha 12/16, 90-237 Łódź, Poland
Folia Malacol. 2012;20(2):73-79
Balea stabilis (L. Pfeiffer) collected from two localities in the Polish Carpathians were kept in the laboratory for more than four years. Observations were conducted between March and October when the snails were kept at room temperature (18–25°C); in winter they were stored at 3°C. The egg-laying period started in late March and lasted till the middle of September, with the maximum in April–May. The eggs were oval, gelatinous, with separate calcium carbonate crystals in the external envelope (average egg size 1.69 × 1.47 mm). They were deposited in batches, usually of 5–9 eggs (mean 6.9). The number of batches per snail per year was 1-7; the corresponding number of eggs – 3–41. At room temperature the incubation took 15–21 days; the hatching success was 71.9%.
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