Contemporary Problems of Ecology

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A quantitative estimation of the role of bithyniidae snails (gastropoda: Prosobranchia) in the ecosystems of the southern part of Western Siberia (Russia)



This study describes the species diversity, abundance and biomass of gastropods in the ecosystems of the southern part of Western Siberia (Karasuk River and Krotovo Lake, Karasukskii district, Novosibirsk Oblast). Eighteen species belonging to seven families were recorded, Lymnaeidae, Planorbidae, Bulinidae, Bithynhdae, Physidae, Succineidae, and Zonitidae. The percentage of Bithyniidae snails was assessed in comparison to other gastropods and in regard to the species diversity, abundance, and biomass. The role of Bithyniidae mollusks as a host for trematodes was assessed. The biodiversity of mollusks and trematodes was studied using the Shannon-Weaver index.


freshwater gastropod snails abundance biomass Bithyniidae family trematodes Shannon-Weaver index 


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  1. 1.Institute of the Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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