Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 39, Number 2, June 2003
|Page(s)||129 - 133|
|Published online||15 March 2009|
First field observations on the aestivation of Omphiscola glabra (Gastropoda, Lymnaeida) uninfected or infected with Fasciola hepatica in central France
UPRES EA n° 3174, Facultés de Médecine et de Pharmacie, 2 rue du Docteur Raymond Marcland, 87025 Limoges, France.
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Field investigations on 12 populations of Omphiscola glabra were carried out in central France over a 5-year period to determine the ability of the species to aestivate in its habitats when summer drying occurred. In the department of Haute-Vienne, spring-born snails aestivated with their apertures applied to the surface of a substratum and most of them were located on the banks of ditches. With the return of wet conditions, the survival of these snails was low. In the department of Indre, most springborn snails aestivated by burrowing into the marl and were distributed over the whole surface area of their habitats. Higher survivals were noted for these O. glabra after aestivation. Despite a significant difference in the frequencies of buried lymnaeids, the position of snails with a natural infection with F. hepatica in their dried habitats was similar to that found for uninfected ones. The variations found in the aestivation of O. glabra might be explained by the dominant substratum (granite gravel and scarce mud in Haute-Vienne, or a thick layer of marl in Indre) and the plant cover on ditch bottoms.
Key words: aestivation / burrowing / Digenea / Fasciola hepatica / Haute-Vienne / Indre / Lymnaeidae / Mollusca / Omphiscola glabra
© Université Paul Sabatier, 2003
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