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Molluscan Research 32(1): 50–54; published 30 Mar. 2012
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First record of Littoridinops monroensis (Frauenfeld, 1863) (Gastropoda: Cochliopidae) in Cuba through a likely natural dispersal event


1Laboratorio de Malacología, Autopista Novia del Mediodía, Km 6, Instituto Pedro Kourí, La Habana, Cuba.

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2Parque Nacional Guanahacabibes, Pinar del Río, Cuba

3USR 3278, CNRS-EPHE, 52 avenue Paul Alduy, 66860Perpignan, France


Littoridinops monroensis Frauenfeld, 1863 was found in recent surveys in the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Cuba. The species seems to be well established in this area with populations occurring in diverse habitats. L. monroensis has never been recorded from other monitored localities in the country and constitutes a new species record for Cuba. Its appearance in this survey may be because of a recent introduction. Migratory birds might have played an important role in the introduction since this region is a protected area and access is very restricted. Ecological data and the distribution of this species in Cuba is presented.

Key words: Mollusca, distribution patterns, ecology, brackish water

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