Aerial dispersal of freshwater gastropods by dragonflies (Odonata)
International Journal of Odonatology, Volume 15, Issue 4, Pages 317-318, 2012
Published: 1 December 212 (Received: 14 August 2012, Accepted: 12 October 2012)
At a ditch near Tribsees in northeastern Germany a young individual of the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis was photographed while attached to the dorsum of the abdomen of a female Aeshna viridis, after the odonate took off after oviposition in Stratiotes aloides. This is the first known case for odonate-born dispersal of freshwater gastropods.
Keywords: Odonata, dragonfly, Aeshna, Lymnaea, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, dispersal
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