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Channeled Apple Snail

Scientific Name

Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1828) (ITIS)

Common Name

Channeled apple snail, golden apple snail

Native To

South America (Sherley 2000)

Date of U.S. Introduction

Introduced to Hawaii in 1989 and California in 1997 (Sherley 2000; Rawlings et al. 2007)

Means of Introduction

Snails imported for aquaculture or the pet trade escaped or were released (Rawlings et al. 2007)


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

Channeled apple snail

Channeled Apple Snail


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