Snail control by fish: an explanation for its failure

Slootweg, R. (1995) Snail control by fish: an explanation for its failure. Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly, 18(4), pp. 16-19.

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Systematic studies on the performance of fish as snail eaters in waterbodies are rare. Here, trials with a promising African cichlid (Astatoreochromis alluaudi) revealed that the fish were only successful at reducing snail populations if there was nothing better to eat - and this is hardly the case. The fish need solid jaws to crush the snails but do not develop such jaws if they can find other, preferables foods. The prospects for this form of control are also discussed in the broader context.

Item Type: Article
Title: Snail control by fish: an explanation for its failure
Personal Creator/Author:
Slootweg, R.
Journal or Publication Title: Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly
Volume: 18
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 16-19
Date: 1995
ISSN: 0116-290X
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biological control; Pest control; Fish culture; Astatoreochromis alluaudi; Melanoides tuberculata
Subjects: Aquaculture
Item ID: 9506
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 05:22
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 05:22

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