Melano´des granifera

   

Family Thiaridae (Melaniidae)

Sub-family: Melaniinae

Origin: Asia

Description: Comparison with M. tuberculata provided hereunder.

Scientific name:  Melanoïdes granifera (Lamarck, 1822)

Size:  length similar to M. tuberculata, i.e. 2 cm; diametre 5 mm

Breething: aquatic, through gills.

Temperature: 20 to 32°C

Utility: seats the food surplus and moves the soil.

Particularity: contrary to its cousin M. tuberculata, it digs in the sand and remains hidden most of its life. Prioritarily feeds on detritus present in sediment and algae.

Comparison with  M. tuberculata

 

 Summary