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PostPosted: 2005.03.09(Wed)7:09    Post subject: albino ramshorn snails? Reply with quote

This is a long shot but has anyone ever seen albino ramshorn snails?

As I understand it their shells simply lack pigment but their bodies are coloured bright red from haemoglobin.

Not my thing at all, but my father would like to get hold of some (I think for nostalgic reasons as he says they used to be very commonly available in UK fish shops when he was a kid). I've never seen them for sale myself.

So does anyone know where I may be able to get some of these ugly snails? Perhaps there's a place that specialises in moluscs..... and can deliver to Europe.... perhaps.

Any help, much appreciated.
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PostPosted: 2005.03.09(Wed)21:37    Post subject: Re: albino ramshorn snails? Reply with quote

Plums wrote:
This is a long shot but has anyone ever seen albino ramshorn snails?

As I understand it their shells simply lack pigment but their bodies are coloured bright red from haemoglobin.

Not my thing at all, but my father would like to get hold of some (I think for nostalgic reasons as he says they used to be very commonly available in UK fish shops when he was a kid). I've never seen them for sale myself.

So does anyone know where I may be able to get some of these ugly snails? Perhaps there's a place that specialises in moluscs..... and can deliver to Europe.... perhaps.

Any help, much appreciated.


Are you certain that these are true albino snails as opposed to the prevalent "red European" morphotype? The latter is quite common in the North American/continental European trade.
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PostPosted: 2005.03.09(Wed)21:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further inquiry has verified the existence of several "red" sports of the standard "brown ramshorn" (Planorbis corneus), chief of which is "P. corneus var. ruber" (the typical brick-red form); "brilliant red" and true albino forms are also apparently to be had (albeit sporadically) in the aquarium trade.

See http://fins.actwin.com/aquatic-plants/month.9709/msg00266.html.
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PostPosted: 2005.03.10(Thu)8:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks veneer for your detailed reply and research! The bright red bodies in the pictures of your first link certainly match his description. Those snails actually look surprisingly nice. It's perhaps the transparent shelled variant of this red snail that he's thinking of and maybe not a true albino form. Or is that albino? I don't know, but thanks again.

I'm still a little stumped as to where I might get some but I'll keep on looking.

Martin
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