Original paper

Morphology and biological aspects of Gundlachia ticaga from S. E. Brazil (Gastropoda: Basommatophora: Ancylidae)

Simone, Luiz Ricardo L.; Bunioto, Tais Cristina; Avelar, Wagner E.P.; Hayashi, Carmino


Some aspects of the biology, reproduction and morphology of Gundlachia ticaga (Marcus & Marcus 1962) were studied and compared with literature data. A sample of ∼100 specimens, collected in a dam in Ribeirão Preto, were maintained in Petri dishes at the laboratory during a period no longer than a month. The oviposition, number of capsules, and incubation time of eggs were registered for each individual. A morphologic study was carried out in both, alive and fixed specimens. Although some morphological discrepancies were identified, the majority of data confirms what was previously described for the species. Regarding the biology, however, the results were somewhat different from those previously reported. The incubation time of the eggs varied from 10 to 13 days, and the number of embryos in the interior of the ovigerous capsules varied from 1 to 4. In addition, each individual laid 9 eggs during the first month of the reproductive period. The formation of septa occurred in some animals and intermediary phases are figured.


anatomymorphologybiologyreproductionnatural occurrence