The Mysteries of Mystery Snails: Facts and Myths
This book offers a comprehensive review of the literature on Chinese and Japanese mystery snails around the globe, providing details of their distribution in 10 continents and more than 130 countries. It discusses several fascinating facts on dispersal mechanisms, biology, ecology, impacts, and control, revealed from more than 900 peer-reviewed articles. The Chinese Mystery Snail has been in North America now for more than 130 years, and is the second oldest introduced freshwater mollusc species from Eurasia, the oldest being the Faucet Snail, Bithynia tentaculata, introduced in 1870. The scientific name for the Chinese and Japanese mystery snails, Cipangopaludina, may have its origin in the poem, “Les Conquérants”, by De Heredia, who incorporated the name Cipango in his story of the search for gold on a mysterious island, Zipangu (Japan). The book will appeal to anyone interested in invasive molluscs.
Gerry Mackie is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph, Canada. He has authored or co-authored eight books, 12 book chapters, and over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and technical and government publications. His book, The Cottage Bible, which he co-authored with Laura Taylor in 2007, was a best seller. He was a Co-Chair of the Mollusc Species Specialist Subcommittee of COSEWIC for 16 years, and was responsible for conserving mollusc species at risk in Canada during his term. In 2009, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, recognizing his long-term contributions that have advanced the conservation and science of freshwater molluscs at the national and international level. Most of his research in the past 20 years has focused on the biology and control of invasive molluscs, especially the zebra and quagga mussels.
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