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Prairie Fossaria - Fossaria bulimoides


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
This tolerant little snail (5-10mm) is common in the prairie regions of eastern Montana in temporary habitats such as stock ponds, prairie stream pools and wetlands. It is able to survive dessication by sealing off its aperature (shell opening) and keeping its internal organs moist while it waits for the next rain pools to form. This species generally does better with aqautic vegetation where it crawls along stems of rushes, cattails, etc. feeds on algae and other attached detritus by scraping it with it radula (toothed mouth).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 4

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Ecology
Species may be found in intermittent waters including temporary ponds and streams:

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Prairie Fossaria — Fossaria bulimoides.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from