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Afropomus balanoidea is a species of freshwater snail, an aquatic gastropod mollusk in the family Ampullariidae, the apple snails and their allies.

Afropomus balanoidea is the only species in the genus Afropomus.[4] Afropomus is the type genus of the subfamily Afropominae.[5]

Based on the anatomy, mainly that of the reproductive system, Afropomus appears to be a primitive genus within the Ampullariidae.[4] This basal position of Afropomus within Ampullariidae has also been confirmed by molecular phylogeny.[6]

Contents 1 Subspecies 2 Distribution 3 Description 4 Ecology 5 References 6 External links


Subspecies of Afropomus balanoidea include: Afropomus balanoidea balanoidea (Gould, 1850) Afropomus balanoidea nimbae Binder, 1963[4] This subspecies from the Ivory Coast has a higher spire.


The distribution of Afropomus balanoidea includes: Côte d'Ivoire[1][4] Liberia[1][4] Nigeria[1][4] Sierra Leone[1][4]

The type locality is Cape Mount in Liberia.[4]

Its presence in Ghana is uncertain.[1]


The shape of the shell is ovate.[4]

The width of the shell is 20 mm.[4][7] The height of the shell is 22–23 mm.[4][7]


Afropomus balanoidea lives in clean water in ditches, creeks and small rivers.[1][4] It requires a high concentration of oxygen.[1]


1.^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Kristensen T. K. & Stensgaard A-S. (2006). Afropomus balanoidea. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <>. Downloaded on 13 May 2011. 2.Jump up ^ Pilsbry H. A. & Bequaert J. C. (1927). "The aquatic mollusks of the Belgian Congo, with a geographical and ecological account of Congo malacology". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 53(2): 69-602. PDF. page 171. 3.Jump up ^ Gould A. A. (1850). "Dr. Gould exhibited to the Society a number of new species of shells from Africa, recently presented by Dr. Perkins". Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History III: 193-197. pages 196-197. 4.^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k l Brown D. S. (1994). Freshwater Snails of Africa and their Medical Importance. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-7484-0026-5. 5.Jump up ^ Bouchet P.; Rocroi J.-P.; Frýda J.; Hausdorf B.; Ponder W.; Valdés Á. & Warén A. (2005). "Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families". Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology. Hackenheim, Germany: ConchBooks. 47 (1-2): 1–397. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 6.Jump up ^ Jørgensen A., Kristensen T. K. & Madsen H. (2008). "A molecular phylogeny of apple snails (Gastropoda, Caenogastropoda, Ampullariidae) with an emphasis on African species". Zoologica Scripta 37(3): 245-252. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2007.00322.x. 7.^ Jump up to: a b Morelet A. (1851). "En outre des coquilles ...". Journal de Conchyliologie 2: page 266-269, plate 7, figure 8.

External links[]

"Afropomus balanoidea". National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). "Afropomus". The apple snail website.