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Channeled Apple Snail

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Channeled apple snail
Scientific Name:
Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1828) (ITIS)
Common Name:
Channeled apple snail, golden apple snail
Channeled Apple Snail - Photo by Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL), Australia
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)
Damages rice and taro production by feeding on seedlings; competes with native apple snails and other species (Litsinger et al. 1993)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status


Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

North American Plant Protection Organization.

Federal Government

DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

International Government

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more fact sheets.

State and Local Government

Arizona Game and Fish Department.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species for additional risk analyses and related species information

Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

See also: Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage
California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY323
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.


International Rice Research Institute.