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Why is potassium permanganate used to kill mollusks?

I know that potassium permanganate is used as a disinfectant for bacteria. Permanganate acts as a strong oxidizing agent that can rip the electrons off of bacterial cell membranes, resulting in a disruption that can lead to death. I’ve also read that potassium permanganate can be used as an oxidizing agent to kill mollusks (source: […]