ENDEMIC SPRING SNAILS TERRESTRIBYTHINELLA (MOLLUSCA) AS UNUSUAL MATERIAL FOR LARVAL CASE OF CRUNOECIA IRRORATA (TRICHOPTERA: LEPIDOSTOMATIDAE) IN TRANSCARPATHIAN UKRAINE

Alexander V. Martynov, Vitaliy V. Anistratenko, Yurii I. Furyk

Abstract


An unusual larval case of Crunoecia irrorata (Curtis, 1834) (Trichoptera, Lepidostomatidae) was collected in a small stream in Ukrainian Transcarpathia. This larval case consisted mainly of living snails of extremely rare endemic gastropod mollusk of the genus Terrestribythinella Sitnikova, Starobogatov & Anistratenko, 1992 (Gastropoda:  Terrestribythinellidae). The larval case, distinguishing characters of C. irrorata larva and its habitat are illustrated. Ecological relations between shell-utilizing caddisfly larvae and mollusks used as material for larval cases are discussed.

Keywords


Mollusca; Trichoptera; larval case; ecology; commensalism; Transcarpathia; Ukraine.

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