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Channeled Apple Snail

Channeled apple snailScientific name: Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1828) (ITIS)

Common names
: Channeled apple snail, golden apple snail

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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)

Impact: 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:

Council or Task Force

Species of Concern Fact Sheet: Applesnail
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


Invasive Species Compendium - Pomacea canaliculata
CAB International.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Golden Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

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

Global Invasive Species Database - Pomacea canaliculata (mollusc)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Invaders Factsheet: Invasive Snails
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

Federal Government

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: Fact Sheet - Channeled Applesnail
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

State Government

Aquatic Invasive Species: Apple Snail Risk Analysis for Arizona (Oct 2011; PDF | 347 KB)
Arizona Game and Fish Department.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species for additional risk analyses and related species information

Non-Native Applesnails in Florida (PDF | 309 KB)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
See also: Florida's Exotic Fish and Wildlife for more species resources

Aquatic Invasive Species: Channeled Apple Snail (Jun 2005; PDF | 136 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage


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

EDIS - Applesnails of Florida
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY323


Rice Knowledge Bank: 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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