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Variation in worm assemblages associated with Pomacea canaliculata (Caenogastropoda, Ampullariidae) in sites near the Río de la Plata estuary, Argentina

C. DAMBORENEA*, F. BRUSA*, A. PAOLA**

* CONICET. División Zoología de Invertebrados, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo. UNLP. Paseo del Bosque s/n, 1900 La Plata, Argentina.
** Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo. UNLP. Calle 122 y 60. 1900 La Plata, Argentina.
Address correspondence to: Dra. Cristina Damborenea. División Zoología de Invertebrados, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo. Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Paseo del Bosque s/ n. (1900) La Plata, ARGENTINA. E-mail: cdambor@fcnym.unlp.edu.ar

BIOCELL 2006, 30(3), 457-468. https://doi.org/10.32604/biocell.2006.30.457

Abstract

Pomacea canaliculata is a common gastropod in freshwater habitats from Central and Northern Argentina, extending northwards into the Amazon basin. Several Platyhelminthes have been reported associated to P. canaliculata, sharing an intimate relationship with this gastropod host. The objectives of this study were to describe the symbiotic species assemblages associated to P. canaliculata in the study area, and to disclose differences among them. Samples were taken in three typical small streams and one artificial lentic lagoon, all connected with the Río de la Plata estuary. The 81.53% were infested with different symbiotic (sensu lato) species. Among the Platyhelminthes, the commensal Temnocephala iheringi Haswell, 1893 was highly prevalent in all samples, always in the mantle cavity. Four trematode taxa were recognized: (a) metacercariae of Echinostoma parcespinosum Lutz, 1924 in the mantle cavity and sporocysts in the digestive gland; (b) metacercariae of Dietziella egregia (Dietz, 1909) in the pericardial cavity; (c) unidentified xiphidiocercariae and (d) unidentified sporocysts and furcocercariae in the digestive gland. Nematode larvae and oligochaetes were found in two localities in the mantle cavity. Among the Annelida, Helobdella ampullariae Ringuelet, 1945 was found in the mantle cavity and lung of snails only from one locality. Our results show that although some of the symbionts are present in all localities, others are restricted to some particular ones, whether in their absolute numbers or in their relative abundance. Thus, each hosting population at the studied localities may be defined by the particular combination of symbionts that bears.

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DAMBORENEA*, C., BRUSA*, F., , A.P. (2006). Variation in worm assemblages associated with pomacea canaliculata (caenogastropoda, ampullariidae) in sites near the río de la plata estuary, argentina. BIOCELL, 30(3), 457-468. https://doi.org/10.32604/biocell.2006.30.457
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DAMBORENEA* C, BRUSA* F, AP. Variation in worm assemblages associated with pomacea canaliculata (caenogastropoda, ampullariidae) in sites near the río de la plata estuary, argentina. BIOCELL . 2006;30(3):457-468 https://doi.org/10.32604/biocell.2006.30.457
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C. DAMBORENEA*, F. BRUSA*, and A.P. "Variation in worm assemblages associated with Pomacea canaliculata (Caenogastropoda, Ampullariidae) in sites near the Río de la Plata estuary, Argentina," BIOCELL , vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 457-468. 2006. https://doi.org/10.32604/biocell.2006.30.457

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