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Naididae (Annelida, Oligochaeta) associated with Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve) (Gastropoda, Ampullaridae)

DOI: 10.1590/S0101-81752006000400011

Keywords: associated fauna, mollusks, oligochaete worms, seasonal periods.

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the family amplullaridae belongs to this class gastropoda and is made up of freshwater organisms with a wide geographical distribution in tropical regions. oligochaeta worms can be found in association with snails of this family, inhabiting the umbilicus of their shells. due to the lack of information on the ecology of these worms, this work focused on investigating which kind of oligochaeta species associate with the mollusk pomacea bridgesii (reeve, 1856). samples were collected during winter and spring 2003 and summer 2004. from a total of 209 snails collected, the presence of oligochaeta worms was observed in only 58 of them (27.75%). in these infected snails, 89 oligochaeta worms were found, all belonging to the family naididae. the species haemonais waldvogeli bretscher, 1900, dero (dero) nivea aiyer, 1929 and dero (dero) sawayai marcus, 1943 were the most abundant (43.68%, 12.32% and 10.08%, respectively). haemonais waldvogeli was found in all of the seasons studied, what demonstrates its affinity for this kind of substrate. the results indicate that several naididae species find in the umbilicus of these snails's shells (which contains fine detritus) a favorable habitat for establishing themselves.

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