Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
SOUZA, Cecília Pereira de. Observations on the biological behaviour of Biomphalaria glabrata with an anomalous shell. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1975, vol.9, n.2, pp. 259-262. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101975000200016.
Among laboratory-bred Biomphalaria glabrata, a live snail in an anomalous shell was found. The anomaly consisted in changes of level in the whorls. The specimen was isolated for a study on its biological behaviour. Afterwards, another specimen displaying a similar anomaly was joined to it. The results obtained showed their biological functions to be normal, their anomaly being of genetic character. In F1 embryos, the anomaly observed was 0.01%. In a 25-month period of investigation, 13 anomalous embryos were isolated. One of the embryo snails reached the adult stage but did not lay any eggs.
Keywords : Biomphalaria glabrata [Anomalies]; Planorbidae; Genetics, behaviour; Schistosomiasis.