Special Issue "Ecology and Diversity of Apple Snails"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2019).
Diversity of form and function in apple snails (Family Ampullariidae) varies across cryptic species to well-known agricultural pests. This group of snails plays several key ecological roles in their native subtropical and tropical ranges (e.g., prey, grazer/herbivore, intermediate host, etc.), but can also dramatically disrupt habitats in which they invade. Facilitated by anthropogenic connections, we have seen a considerable rise in interest about these snails as they cross into the domains of both agriculture and aquaculture. Recently, a number of comprehensive reviews emerged on the biology (Hayes et al. 2015), diversity (Cowie 2015) and management of apple snails (Joshi, Cowie and Sebastian 2017). Although evidence often exists to indicate more than one species present, the majority of the research only includes Pomacea canaliculata. Furthermore, literature on apple snails appears in any number of diverse outlets. This Special Issue provides a venue to highlight new research that enhances our understanding regarding: i) the identity, diversity and distribution of apple snails; ii) the impact that any species of apple snail makes on native and non-native environments; and iii) the effect of human activities (e.g., land-use change, conservation measures, climate change) on apple snail populations, diversity, distributions, or ecosystem function.
Dr. Romi L. Burks
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