Synopsis of the Egyptian freshwater snail fauna
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Parasitology Department, Medical Research Institute, Alexandria University, Egypt
Graphics Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt
Submission date: 2014-09-22
Final revision date: 2014-12-09
Acceptance date: 2014-12-16
Publication date: 2015-02-16
Folia Malacol. 2015;23(1):19-40
Egypt harbours many species of freshwater snails that transmit parasites causing serious diseases in humans and animals. Due to their significance, it is important to up-date the faunal list regularly. Our objective was to present such an up-date. The twenty eight species known to exist in the country are reviewed, including their synonymy, type localities, diagnostic features and parasitological importance; the shell morphology is illustrated. Besides, snail species thought to be extinct in the country are noted. This review can be used as a field guide for identification of the various species of snails colonising freshwater habitats in Egypt.
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