Pomacea canaliculata
Pomacea canaliculata
(channeled applesnail)
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Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1828)

Common name: channeled applesnail

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Typical applesnails are globular in shape. Normal coloration typically includes bands of brown, black, and yellowish-tan, and color patterns are extremely variable. Albino and gold color variations exist (R. Howells, personal communication).

Size: 62.5 mm shell height, 56 mm shell width (Hayes et al. 2012)

Native Range: South America, central portion of the continent primarily Argentina (northern), Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay (Hayes et al. 2012).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: Spring Hill Lake near Mobile, Alabama (D. Shelton, pers. comm.); a lake near Jacksonville, Florida (J. Bernatis, pers. comm.); Lake Mirimar, San Diego County, California; a pond near Yuma, Arizona; and numerous locations in Hawaii.

Means of Introduction: Probable aquarium release for initial introductions.

Status: Established in California and Hawaii.

Impact of Introduction: Impacts rice and taro agriculture worldwide where introduced.

References: (click for full references)

Hayes, K.A., R.H. Cowie, S.C. Thiengo, and E.E. Strong. 2012. Comparing apples with apples: clarifying the identities of two highly invasive Neotropical Ampullaridae (Caenogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 166(4):723-753.

Howells, R. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Revision Date: 8/25/2015

Citation Information:
U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1828): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=980, Revision Date: 8/25/2015, Access Date: 1/16/2018

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