Pomacea diffusa Mating | Depositing Egg Clutches

    On April 24, 2008 a 57 mm. Pomacea diffusa female was collected from the drainage ditch between the post office and Sam's Club, taken home, and placed in a scrub bucket partially filled with tap water. During the early morning hours of April 25, the female crawled up the side of the bucket and deposited a large egg clutch. The egg clutch was maintained outdoors in conditions equivalent  to what it would have encountered in the wild. The eggs began hatching on the morning of May 12th (see image below). This 15 day gestation period is consistent with a previous hatching experiment in the summer of 2007 (see previous page) during which that interval was 14 days.

Pomacea diffusa egg clutch hatching


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