Chinese Mystery Snail Cipangopaludina chinensis (Gray, 1834)Non-native  Synonyms: Bellamya chinensis.


According to USGS (2017), non-indigenous occurrences of this species are as follows: "Mid-Atlantic Region: various ponds in Connecticut and Massachusetts; Potomac River, Maryland; Cocheco River, New Hampshire; Delaware River, New Jersey; Hudson River and Niagara River (1931), New York; the Catawba, Deep, Haw, Neuse, Roanoke, Yadkin, and lower Pee Dee rivers in North Carolina (B. Jones, pers. comm); Schuykill River and Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania; Annaquatucket River, Rhode Island; and a few isolated locations in Maine and Virginia."


See USGS identification notes. Compare very similar Japanese Mystery Snail.

Where to find:

Potomac River, Susquehanna River

There are 8 records in the project database.

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A Chinese Mystery Snail found at Gunners Lake in Montgomery Co., Maryland. Photo by Aydin Orstan. (MBP list)

Chinese Mystery Snails in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/5/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mystery Snail in Harford Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mystery Snail along the Susquehanna River in Harford Co., Maryland (7/1/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Chinese Mystery Snail in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/26/2017). Determined by Aydin Orstan. Photo by Matt Grey. (MBP list)

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