)Now, we all now about mts. Some hate them, some love them. But what about their relatives? Are their relatives parthenogenic as well? I wanted to find out, so after a little digging, I did.
All relatives of the common trumpet snail appear to be all female, as well. Melanoides granifera is a close relative that looks great, alot better then the common malaysian trumpet snails. They are also diurnal, and spend a fair amount of time up and around the tank. They are the only one which has ever appeared in the hobby as far as I can tell.
I think it would be cool to have an tank with various Thiaridaes. And if you look at the website below, some of those snails look fantastic! The fact that they would be easy to breed would be icing on the cake as well!
Does anyone know if any of these have reached the hobby?
"The general range of the thiaridae is circum-tropical, and many of the species are extremely widespread. Their dispersal is facilitated by the fact that all are parthenogenic females. Melanoides tuberculata (Müller 1774), similar to M. maculata, below, is a common aquarium snail. Among the genera are the following;
Thiara; East Africa to Polynesia, some species also very wide ranging.
Melanoides; Southern Europe, Africa
Brotia; Southeast Asia
Terebia; south Asia, Oceania
Sermyla; southeast Asia, Oceania
Fijidoma; Fiji Islands
Aylacostoma; Central and South America
Doryssa; South America (see Pleuroceridae)
Hemisinus; South America"
Pictures can be seen there, and it is apparent that some are quite attractive.