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Channeled Apple Snail

Channeled Apple Snail - Encyclopedia of LifeScientific name: Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1828) (ITIS)

Common names
: Channeled apple snail, golden apple snail

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Selected Resources

Native To: South America (Sherley 2000)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Introduced to Hawaii in 1989 (Sherley 2000)

Means of Introduction: Imported for aquaculture and the aquarium trade; snails escaped or were released (Sherley 2000; Silverwood 2011)

Impacts: Damages rice and taro production by feeding on seedlings; competes with native apple snails and other species (Litsinger et al. 1993)

Current U.S. Distribution:


Selected Resources:


Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


Featured Creatures - Applesnails of Florida
University of Florida. Entomology and Nematology Department.

Invasive Species Compendium - Pomacea canaliculata
CAB International.

Phytosanitary Alert System - Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck)
North American Plant Protection Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Pomacea canaliculata (mollusc)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database - Pomacea canaliculata
DOI. USGS. Florida Integrated Science Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).


Apple Snail Risk Analysis for Arizona (PDF | 347 KB)
Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Non-Native Applesnails in Florida (PDF | 309 KB)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Channeled Apple Snail (Jun 2005; PDF | 136 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Introduced Species Summary Project - Apple Snail
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Applesnails of Florida, Pomacea spp.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Channeled Apple Snail
University of Tennessee. Institute of Agriculture.


Golden Apple Snail
International Rice Research Institute.


Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Pomacea canaliculata. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Litsinger, J.A., and D.B. Estano. 1993. Management of the golden apple snail Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck) in rice. Crop Protection 12(5):363-370.

Sherley, G. 2000. Invasive Species in the Pacific: A Technical Review and Draft Regional Strategy (PDF | 922 KB). South Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Silverwood, K. 2011. Apple Snail Risk Analysis for Arizona (PDF | 347 KB). Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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