Graecoanatolica macedonica Radoman & Stankovic

Macedonian Freshwater Snail (Graecoanatolica macedonica)

The Macedonian Freshwater Snail was described in 1978, it was endemic to Lake Dojran between Greece and the Republic of North Macedonia, where it was found near the shore in depths between 0 to 50 cm.

The species begun to disappear in the 1970s when the level started to sink due to increasing extraction of lake water for agriculture that led to the complete loss of the species’ habitat.

The last living individuals were finally found in 1992, and the species is likely extinct.


The story of the Macedonian Freshwater Snail, however, is not over yet: during the most recent surveys that took place in 2012, only empty shells were recovered, yet some of them appearing very fresh, leading to the hope that some popualtions may still linge somewhere in the Lake. [1] 



[1] Canella Radea; Aristeidis Parmakelis; Vassilis Papadogiannis; Despoina Charou; Kostas A. Triantis: The hydrobioid freshwater gastropods (Caenogastropoda, Truncatelloidea) of Greece: new records, taxonomic re-assessments using DNA sequence data and an update of the IUCN Red List Categories. ZooKeys 350: 1-20. 2013


Photo: A. Mrkvicka

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edited: 05.05.2019