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Japanese mysterysnail (Cipangopaludina japonica)

Japanese mysterysnail Synonyms: C. japonicus, C. chinensis japonica, C. chinensis japonicus, Bellamya japonica, B. chinensis japonica, Viviparus japonica, V. japonicus, V. chinensis japonica

Common Names: Oriental mystery snail, Japanese black snail, Japanese trapdoor snail

Description: Is a host to Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Taiwan that causes eosinophilic meningitis. Also, host to many other parasites in Asia that can infect humans.

Identification: Exhibits a shell with 7-8 whorls, a very narrow umbilicus and a spire that is produced at an angle of 50-55 degrees. Adult shells have a fine carinae, while juveniles are covered in hairs where the carinae are located as well as 8 striae/mm between the carinae in the middle of each whorl. Light colored as juveniles and dark brown as adults. Can reach a size of 50 mm. In Lake Erie, adults range from 30-65 mm high and 22-46 mm wide. Females are slightly larger than males.

Habitat: Native to Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Typically found in mesotrophic and eutrophic lakes.

Reproduction: Viviparious, giving birth to crawling young. Females live up to 8 years and are able to carry 10-120 young. Generally born after water temperatures rise to 15 degrees Celcius or more.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species program.

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Common Name:

Japanese mysterysnail

Scientific Name:

Cipangopaludina japonica


(River snail)