Some interactions Stagnicola snails has with other organisms include being hosts for different parasitic organisms. Scott M. Martin reports two different organisms that infest  Stagnicola species. In 1881, a German parasitologist Leuckart discovered that Lymnaeid snails serve as an intermediate host for the shiver liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica (Martin, 1999). The fluke infests the snail, leaves as a cercaria larva, encysts on aquatic vegetation as a metacercaria, and then waits until it was consumed by a herbivore (Martin, 1999). Fasciola hepatica infects many mammals including deer, cattle, pigs, and even humans (Martin, 1999). Also, Stagnicola eldoes is an intermediate host, in the Great Lakes region, for a condition called "swimmer's itch" (Martin, 1999). This irritating condition occurs when the parasitic stages of trematodes leave the snail, and fail to penetrate into the human skin. The normal hosts of the parasite is usually ducks. "Swimmer's itch" is a schistosome dermatitis and humans catch this condition by swimming in infected waters (Martin, 1999).

Burch (1989) suggests that Stagnicola reflexa is simply a morph of Stagnicola elodes (NatureServe, 2010). As well, many species have been listed together under the name palustris. However, Stagnicola elodes  is the first name that was applied to the palustris-like species (NatureServe, 2010). Lymnaeidae was considered to be made up of one genus called Lymnaea until 1970. Now it consists of many genera, the two main including Lymnaea and Stagnicola (Clifford, 1991). This however causes issues of morphological variation within species. Some cannot tell the difference between juveniles and small adults. This in turn could be why synonymy has occurred many times before. Stagnicola elodes has been commonly related and sometimes referred to as Lymnaea Palustris, Stagnicola reflexa, Stagnicola palustris, and Lymnaea elodes (NatureServe, 2010).

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