Thiara scabra
Thiara scabra
(Pagoda tiara)
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Thiara scabra (Muller, 1774)

Common name: Pagoda tiara

Size: 20 mm in shell height (Thompson et al., 2009)

Native Range: South and Southeast Asia and Indo-Australian Archipelago and western Pacific Islands (Brandt, 1974 as cited in Thompson et al., 2009).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: Thiara scabra has been found on the east edge of Lake Okeechobee in two Florida counties in 2006 (Martin Co.) and 2007 (Palm Beach Co.) (Thompson et al., 2009).

Ecology: This snail lives in freshwater streams (Maciolek and Ford, 1987) and coastal brackish waters (Sri-aroon et al., 2004).

Reproduction is parthenogenic (Thompson et al., 2009). Embryos develop in a brood pouch to a shelled juvenile and are fed by a yolk sac and a placenta-like epithelium in the brood pouch (Glaubrecht, 2006). They have few young, but are well developed when they hatch (Glaubrecht, 2006).

Means of Introduction: Because of its relatively small size and ornate shell, it is probably an aquarium trade introduction (Thompson et al., 2009).

Status: Unknown, however, none were found at one previously infested site in 2008.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown, however, this species is susceptible, albeit at a low rate of 1.2 percent, to trematode infections in Thailand (Dechruksa et al., 2007).

Remarks: Because of its mode of reproduction, a single specimen can start a population (Thompson et al., 2009).

References: (click for full references)

Brandt, R.A.M. 1974. The non-marine aquatic Mollusca of Thailand. Archiv für Molluskenkunde 105:1-423.

Dechruksa, W., D. Krailas, S. Ukong, W. Inkapatanakul, and T. Koonchornboon. 2007. Trematode infections of the freshwater snail family Thiaridae in the Khek River, Thailand. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health 38(6):1016-1028.

Glaubrecht, M. 2006. Independent evolution of reproductive modes in viviparous freshwater Cerithioidea (Gastropoda, Sorbeoconcha) - a brief review. Basteria Supplement 3:23-28.

Maciolek, J.A. and J.I. Ford. 1987. Macrofauna and environment of the Nanpil-Kiepw River, Ponape, Eastern Caroline Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science 41(2):623-632.

Thompson, F.G., M.W. Heyn, and D.N. Campbell. 2009. Thiara scabra (O. F. Mueller, 1774): the introduction of another Asian freshwater snail into the United States. The Nautilus 123(1):21-22.

Author: Benson, A.J.

Revision Date: 6/3/2013

Citation Information:
Benson, A.J., 2018, Thiara scabra (Muller, 1774): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 6/3/2013, Access Date: 2/23/2018

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