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Channeled Apple Snail

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Channeled apple snail
Channeled Apple Snail - Photo by Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL), Australia
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)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides detailed collection information as well as animated map.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.


Google. YouTube; CAB International.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Channeled Apple Snail.

Council or Task Force

Alberta Invasive Species Council (Canada).

See also: Fact Sheets for more information about individual invasive species, including those listed as "Prohibited Noxious" and "Noxious" under the Alberta Weed Control Act

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

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

South Australia Primary Industries and Regions (Australia).

See also: Emergency and Significant Plant Pests for more resources

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

Pacific Pests, Pathogens, & Weeds - Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

State and Local Government

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.