Currently we can offer several species of the livebearing snails of the genus Brotia from Thailand. These snails are no hermaphrodites like many other snails, but the sexes cannot be told apart from external features. However, Brotia will never become a plague like many other snails do. They feed on algae and other Aufwuchs. Water plants are not part of their diet. In the wild these snails usually live in streams with some current. The water is medium hard, the pH between 7.5 and 8.5.
Brotia armata is a comparatively new snail in the hobby. It is quite similar to the better known B. pagodula, but both species can be told apart by the shape of the first convolution of the shell. This is grooved in B. armata, almost plain in B. pagodula. The species becomes 3-4 cm long. The small holes on the end of the shell are a species-specific feature and not a disease or damage.
For our customers: the animals have code 481310 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer