- Mariaella dussumieri
Mariaella dussumieri Drawing of the internal shell of Mariaella dussumieri. Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Gastropoda (unranked): clade Heterobranchia Superfamily: Helicarionoidea Family: Ariophantidae Genus: Mariaella Species: M. dussumieri Binomial name Mariaella dussumieri
Mariaella dussumieri is the type species of the genus Mariaella.
Its specific name is in honor of French merchant Jean-Jacques Dussumier.
This species has not yet become established in the USA, but it is considered to represent a potentially serious threat as a pest, an invasive species which could negatively effect agriculture, natural ecosystems, human health or commerce. Therefore it has been suggested that this species be given top national quarantine significance in the USA.
The color of the animal is yellowish brown or olivaceous, sometimes almost black, and generally mottled with dark blotches.
The mantle has two narrow raised ridges on the shell-lobes, one running from the little shell-aperture round the left margin of the shell, the other towards the respiratory orifice on the right margin.
The size appears to vary up to about 8 inches (200 mm) in length.
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