Int. J. Biosci.10( 3), 251-259, March 2017
In Balochistan province, there is a scarcity of information on the diversity of Snails in different regional sites. Herein, we provide taxonomic descriptions and distributional data for locally occurring snails. A total of 9 species were recorded from diverse habitats of 14 regional sites in Balochistan province. Among these, the 4 species like Melanoides tuberculata, Physa acuta, Lymnaea auricularia and Lymnaea acuminata f. rufescens were widely distributed in various aquatic habitats and collected from 7 to 10 sampling regional sites. While, Lymnaea truncatula, Indoplanorbis exustus and Gyraulus euphraticus species were also found to be entirely ornearly restricted to particular habitat and found in 2 to 3 regional sites. However, Thaira scabra and Bellamya bengalensis species were least collected and found in only 1 regional site. This result emphasized the importance of conserving the freshwater snail fauna which are at risk due to some major threats.
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