Hawaii Biological Survey’s
GOOD GUYS & BAD GUYS
[Good Guys & Bad Guys Home | About This Site | Card List | HBS Home | Bishop Museum Home ]
Golden Apple Snail
Scientific name: Pomacea canaliculata
Hawaiian Name: —
Classification: Phylum: Mollusca. Class: Gsatropoda. Family: Ampullaridae
Distribution: All main islands except Moloka‘i.
Originally introduced in 1939 from SE Asia as a possible food source (an exotic escargot), it has since escaped and gotten into taro fields where it casues much damage to the plants by eating stems, corms, and other parts. Elsewhere in the Pacific it is a major pest of rice fields.
|Photo by Ron Englund ©HBS|