Viviparus contectus

Viviparus contectus
Shell of Viviparus contectus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

informal group Architaenioglossa

Superfamily: Viviparoidea
Family: Viviparidae
Subfamily: Viviparinae
Genus: Viviparus
Species: V. contectus
Binomial name
Viviparus contectus
(Millet, 1813)[2]

Contectiana contecta (Millet, 1813)
Cyclostoma contectum (Millet, 1813)
Cyclostoma viviparum Draparnaud, 1801
Helix vivipara Linnaeus, 1758
Nerita vivipara O. F. Müller, 1774
Paludina contecta Moquin-Tandon, 1855
Paludina contecta Millet, 1813
Paludina fasciata (Stein, 1850)
Paludina listeri Forbes et Hanley, 1853
Paludina vivipara Lamarck, 1835

Viviparus contectus, common name Lister's river snail, is a species of large, freshwater snail with an operculum and a gill, an aquatic gastropod mollusk in the family Viviparidae, the river snails.


This species is palaearctic in distribution, specifically Europe and western Siberia, including:[3]


This large snail lives in slow flowing rivers and canals which are unpolluted, and which have hard water with many water weeds.[10]


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  2. Millet, P. A. 1813: Mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles, observés dans le Département de Maine et Loire. - pp. j.xj [= 1-11], 1-82, 1 tableau. Angers. (Pavie), page 5.
  3. (Slovak) Lisický M. J. (1991). Mollusca Slovenska [The Slovak molluscs]. VEDA vydavateľstvo Slovenskej akadémie vied, Bratislava, 344 pp.
  4. (Dutch) Viviparus contectus — Anemoon
  5. Glöer P. & Meier-Brook C. (2003) Süsswassermollusken. DJN, pp. 134, page 108, ISBN 3-923376-02-2
  6. Juřičková L., Horsák M. & Beran L. (2001): "Check-list of the molluscs (Mollusca) of the Czech Republic". Acta Soc. Zool. Bohem. 65: 25-40.
  7. Red List of the molluscs (Mollusca) of the Czech Republic
  8. 1 2 (Czech) Horsák M., Juřičková L., Beran L., Čejka T. & Dvořák L. (2010). "Komentovaný seznam měkkýšů zjištěných ve volné přírodě České a Slovenské republiky. [Annotated list of mollusc species recorded outdoors in the Czech and Slovak Republics]". Malacologica Bohemoslovaca, Suppl. 1: 1-37. PDF.
  10. Janus, Horst. (1965). The young specialist looks at land and freshwater molluscs. Burke, London.
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