Thermal tolerance limits of the Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis): Implications for management

American Malacological Bulletin
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The Chinese mystery snail, Bellamya chinensis (Gray, 1834) is a gastropod native to East Asia and is considered an invasive species in North America where its impacts on native species and ecosystems are not well understood. Scientific literature describing its biology and life history are sparse. Thermal tolerance limits, or the maximum and minimum temperature under which a species can survive, are key to identifying the potential geographical range of a species. The ability of managers to control invasive species is directly impacted by the thermal tolerance limits of a species. We attempted to identify the thermal tolerance limits of B. chinensis in a laboratory setting. Using a random sampling design, we exposed groups of wild-caught B. chinensis to either extreme high or low temperature treatments. We identified the upper temperature tolerance limit as between 40 and 45 °C. This result indicates some hot water management techniques may successfully prevent spread of B. chinensis among waterways. Despite exposing B. chinensis to freezing temperatures for extended periods of time we did not identify a lower temperature limit. Identifying the thermal tolerance limits of this and other invasive species informs predictions of range expansion and identification of potential prevention efforts.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Thermal tolerance limits of the Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis): Implications for management
Series title American Malacological Bulletin
DOI 10.4003/006.036.0106
Volume 36
Issue 1
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher American Malacological Society
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 5 p.
First page 140
Last page 144
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