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Nassarius sinarus

Basic information
Scientific name Nassarius sinarus (No picture)
Common names Nassarius snail
Higher taxon Nassariidae, Neogastropoda, Gastropoda, Mollusca
Natural range China.
Habitat Tidal flat.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Seto Inland Sea, Ariake Inland Sea. Range in Japan
Origin China
Date 2000 (Ariake Inland Sea), 2002 (Seto Inland Sea).
Route Accidental: Hitchhiking on imported fishery materials such as a razor clam Sinonovacula constricta.
Impact Potentially: Competition with native molluscs. Actually: Damaging fishery materials.
Affected organism: Fishery materials such as goby, shrimp, etc.
In Ariake Inland Sea, competititive with native molluscs Varicinassa varicifera and Zeuxis succinctus. Both species are assigned as critically endangered species by local governments.
Regulation in Japan
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • DECO (ed) (2006) Dictionary of Alien Species. Tokyo-Shoseki. (in Jpn)
  • Iwasaki et al. (2004) Human-mediated introduction and dispersal of marine organisms in Japan: Results of a questionnaire survey by the committee for the preservation of the natural environment, the Japanese association of benthology. Jpn J Benthol. 59:22-44. (in Jpn with English abstract)
  • JWRC (ed) (2008) A Photographic Guide to the Invasive Alien Species in Japan. Heibonsha. (in Jpn)
  • etc.