Check List 16(3): 621-626, doi: 10.15560/16.3.621
Range extension of the invasive Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Gray, 1843) (Gastropoda, Tateidae) in Chile, and a summary of its distribution in the country
expand article infoGonzalo A. Collado, Carmen G. Fuentealba
‡ Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chillan, Chile
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The New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Gray, 1843) has been considered as one of the most invasive mollusks worldwide and recently was listed among the 50 most damaging species in Europe. In the present paper, we report for the first time the presence of P. antipodarum in the Maule river basin, Chile. The identity of the species was based on anatomical microdissections, scanning electron microscopy comparisons, and DNA barcode analysis. This finding constitutes the southernmost record of the species until now in this country and South America.

Alien species, DNA barcode, cryptic species, invasive mollusks, Maule River, range distribution, Tateidae