Tag Archives: Brotia

Brotia herculea

13. July 2018

The specific name „herculea“ says it all: it is loaned from Hercules, the divine hero of the Greek mythology who had enormous powers. This snail attains a length of almost 10 cm! So the common name „Giant Tower Cap Snail“ is more than justified. The snail occurs naturally in Burma and Thailand where it inhabits rivers with at least partially muddy ground. The species is livebearing, males and females cannot be distinguished externally. The newborn snails are the total opposite of their parents: only 1-2 mm long and extremely tiny! This difference is the more obvious as the close relatives of B. herculea, Tylomelania, give birth to very large youngsters.

Brotia herculea feeds on detritus, which means all kind of dead and rotten material, may it be animal or plant matter. This snail is no algae eater at all. In the aquarium it is best fed with feed tablets. Water plants are left untouched by B. herculea.

For our customers: the snails have code 481311 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Brotia armata

1. June 2018

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