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Pila is a genus of large freshwater snails with an operculum, African and Asian apple snails, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Ampullariidae, the apple snails.

Contents 1 Distribution 2 Species 3 Human use 4 References 5 External links


Distribution of the genus Pila include Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia and Indo-Pacific islands.[3]


Species within the genus Pila include:

subgenus Pila Pila africana (v. Martens, 1886)[2][3] Pila ampullacea (Linnaeus, 1758) - type species[2][3] Pila brohardi (Granger, 1892)[2] Pila cecillei (Philipi, 1848)[2][3] Pila conica (Gray, 1828)[2] Pila globosa (Swainson, 1822)[2] Pila occidentalis (Mousson, 1887)[2][3] Pila ovata (Olivier, 1804)[2][3] Pila pesmei (Morelet, 1889)[2] Pila polita (Deshayes, 1830)[2] Pila saxea (Reeve, 1856)[2] Pila scutata (Housson, 1848)[2] Pila speciosa Philippi, 1849[2][3] Pila virens (Lamarck)[2] Pila wernei (Philipi, 1851)[2][3]

subgenus Turbinicola Annandale & Prashad, 1921[4] Pila aperta (Prashad, 1925)[2] Pila (Turbinicola) saxea (Annandale & Prashad, 1921)[2]

Human use[]

The shell of Pila sp. is used in traditional ethnomedicine for weakness by Saharia people in Rajasthan, India.[5]

Pila ampullacea and Pila pesmei are some of the rice field snail species traditionally eaten in Thailand that have been displaced by the invasive Golden Apple Snail, Pomacea canaliculata.[6]


1.Jump up ^ Röding P. F. (1798). Museum Boltenianum sive catalogus cimeliorum e tribus regnis naturæ quæ olim collegerat Joa. Fried Bolten, M. D. p. d. per XL. annos proto physicus Hamburgensis. Pars secunda continens conchylia sive testacea univalvia, bivalvia & multivalvia. pp. [1-3], [1-8], 1-199. Hamburg. page 145. 2.^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Pila". The apple snail website, Accessed 16 May 2011. 3.^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Brown D. S. (1994). Freshwater Snails of Africa and their Medical Importance. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-7484-0026-5. 4.Jump up ^ Annandale N. & Prashad B. (1921). Rec. Indian Mus. 22: 9. 5.Jump up ^ Mahawar M. M. & D. P. Jaroli (2007). Traditional knowledge on zootherapeutic uses by the Saharia tribe of Rajasthan, India". Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 3: 25. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-3-25. 6.Jump up ^ Heavy Predation on Freshwater Bryozoans by the Golden Apple Snail, Pomacea canaliculata Lamarck, 1822 (Ampullariidae); The Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University 6(1): 31-36, May 2006

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