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Latin american journal of aquatic research

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FUENTEALBA, Carmen  and  FIGUEROA, Ricardo. First record of Planorbidae (Mollusca: Basommatophora) in Chilean Patagonia: Biomphalaria cristiani sp. nov.. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. [online]. 2012, vol.40, n.4, pp.929-935. ISSN 0718-560X.

The family Planorbidae in Chile is represented by the genus Biomphalaria Preston, 1910, consisting of seven species distributed from Isluga to Puelo River. Of these species, only Biomphalaria peregrina widely distributed in the neotropical and Biomphalaria aymara from Isluga are recognized based on the morphology of the reproductive system and radula, characters that were used in the following study to differentiate Biomphalaria cristiani as a new species of this group and first record of the family in Chilean Patagonia, extending its current distribution range. The characters for the diagnosis of B. cristiani are: truncated vestigial vaginal pouch, lack of development of the penis retractor muscles, penis sheath shorter than the prepuce, oviduct longer than the spermiduct and vas deferens thinner and longer than the penis sheath, similar size to the prepuce. The type locality of B. cristiani nov. sp. is Laguna Cisnes (47°7'10.02"S; 72°27'40.65"W), Aysén region.

Keywords : Biomphalaria cristiani; new species; Planorbidae; reproductive system; distribution; Laguna Cisnes; Chile.

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