Overview

Distribution

occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations

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National Distribution

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

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Global Range: (>2,500,000 square km (greater than 1,000,000 square miles)) This species is wide ranging in South America.

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Range Description

The species' native distribution is tropical and subtropical South America, including the Amazonas and the Plata basins; the southernmost record for the species is the Paso de las Piedras reservoir south of Buenos Aires province, and recently in Northern Patagonia: Balneario La Herradua, near the Limay River, province of Neuquén, Argentina (Darrigran et al. 2011). The species is the southernmost applesnail in the world (Estebenet and Martín 2002).

This species is an introduced species and is considered to be one of the worst invaders in recent time in the southeast Asian region. It has mostly been introduced in this region as a food item (Cowie 2002). It has been found in Taiwan since between 1979 and 1981 (Cowie 2002), in Japan since 1981 (Fujio et al. 1991), in the Philippines since either 1980 or 1982 (Mochida 1991, Anderson 1993, Halwart 1994), in southern China since 1981 (Cowie 2005, Shan et al. 2009), and has also been introduced to Korea (probably 1986), Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia (1987), the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra (1989), Thailand (1989), Viet Nam (1988 or 1989) and Laos (1992) (Cowie 2002), as well as Hong Kong (Laup 1991), Cambodia (Cowie 1995), Singapore (Ng et al. 1993), Guam (Smith 1992, Eldredge 1994), Papua New Guinea (Laup 1991, Eldredge 1994), and Sri Lanka (Cowie 2005). The species has subsequently become a serious rice pest in much of the region - in the Philippines it is considered the number one rice pest and has caused huge economic losses (Cowie 2005).The species has also been introduced to North America; into canals and ditches in southeast Florida (Thompson 1997, 1999), Texas, central Ohio (Ghesquiere 2001), North Carolina, Virginia (United States Geological Survey 2011), the Dominican Republic (Cowie 2005), Georgia (NatureServe 2009), Langan Park and Three Mile Creek in Mobile, Alabama (D. Shelton pers. comm. in United States Geological Survey 2011), a pond bordering the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in Baldwin County, Alabama (United States Geological Survey 2011), Lake Miramar in San Diego County, California, a pond near Yuma, Arizona (United States Geological Survey 2011), and in Hawaii (Tran et al. 2008) first on Maui in 1989, followed by Lanai (Cowie 1996) and all of the main islands including Kaua'i, O'ahu, Molokai'i, Lana'i, Maui, Hawai'i (Cowie et al. 2007). In Hawaii the species has become widespread and is a major taro pest (Cowie 2005).
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Physical Description

Look Alikes

Often confused with another species that has been introduced outside of its native range, P. insularum. Also confused with a number of other closely related species including, P. lineata, P. figulina, and P. dolioides.

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat Type: Freshwater

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Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Some ampullarids may be able to tolerate low levels of salinity, but do not generally live in brackish water habitats. Most are amphibious and inhabit slow-moving or stagnant water in lowland swamps, marshes, ditches, lakes and rivers (Cowie 2002). This species has been described as occurring in relatively still water in part of its native range in Argentina (Scott 1957). The species is also more resistant to lower temperatures than most other snails from the Pomacea genus (Cowie 2005). This species is sexually mature at 2.5 cm (Ghesquiere 2001). In its native temperate range in South America, the species reaches maturity at 2 years and breeds for two annual breeding seasons with a life-span of about 4 years due to seasonality (temperatures fluctuating from 7°C-28°C). At a constant temperature of 25°C, the species has been reported to reach maturity after 7 months and complete one single breeding season of about 4 months, after which it died (Estebenet and Cazzaniga 1992). This effect of temperature may account for the success of the species in tropical regions and explain the proliferation of its invasion in South East Asia (Cowie 2002). Maximum size of the species can reach 3 cm in Hawaii, but in Asia can reach 6.5 cm (Schnorbach 1995) to 9 cm (Heidenreich et al. 1997). Ampullarids are dioecious, internally fertilizing and oviparous, though some species have been found to change sex. In this species oviposition takes place above water and predominately at night or early morning (Cowie 2002). A clutch is bright red in colour and contains 200 to 600 eggs (Ghesquiere 2001).

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Migration

Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.

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Trophic Strategy

Pomacea canaliculata is primarily macrophytophagous, but is also known to be a voracious consumer of variety of animals, including other snails. When kept in captivity they are known to consume nearly all plant matter kept in the aquarium and will even prey upon their own young.

In the invaded range they are major consumers of macrophytes often altering the ecosystem states and functions in invaded freshwater habitats.

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Population Biology

Number of Occurrences

Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.

Estimated Number of Occurrences: > 300

Comments: It has been introduced into canals and ditches in southeast Florida (Thompson, 1997; 1999). Analysis of COI and ND6 mtDNA markers have confirmed the introduction of this species in Hawaii (Tran et al., 2008) first on Maui (1989) and subsequently on Lanai (Koele golf course) (Cowie, 1996) and latger all main islands including Kaua'i, O'ahu, Molokai'i, Lana'i, Maui, Hawai'i (Cowie et al., 2007).

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Life History and Behavior

Reproduction

All ampullariids (apple snails) are dioecious (i.e. have separate sexes). Fertilization is internal with copulations lasting as long a 18 hours. During these copulations the male snail mounts the female's shell posteriorly and crawls up the body whorl (the largest part of the shell) until he reaches the edge of the shell. He then inserts the muscular penis sheath into the pallial cavity of the female. Once the male has inserted the sheath into the pallial cavity of the female, it then extrudes its thin, whip-like penis through the penis sheath canal and inserts it into the females genital opening. It has been reported that the male uses this sheath to secure himself to the female during lengthy copulations, during which the female may continue to move around and even feed. Additionally, the glands of the sheath may be involved in lubrication, adhesion and nuptial feeding.

Like many snails, female apple snails may store sperm for weeks to months, allowing them to produce fertilized eggs even in the absence of a male partner.

Mating is seasonal and triggered by rainfall and temperature. In its native range of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay P. canaliculata breeds only in the warm summer months. However, outside of their native range, once released from such seasonal fluctuations, P. canaliculata may reproduce year round, particularly in artificial habitats like rice paddies and taro patches.

In Pomacea canaliculata, as in most of the species in the genus Pomacea, females deposit fertilized eggs above the water on emergent vegetation. The developing embryos are surrounded by bright pink/red perivitellins (the major component of the egg yolk) and are encased in a calcareoius shell. The perivitellins are thought to be primarily nutritive, but also serve a protective function, as the pigments block UV light. The calcareous casing prevents desiccation, but remains semi-permeable to allow oxygen penetration. In what seems somewhat odd for a freshwater snail, if the eggs are submerged in water for extended periods the embryos will die. Egg clutches may contain as many as 500 or more eggs. However, this is a small number when compared to the 1000's of eggs often deposited by P. insularum, a closely related species.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Pomacea canaliculata

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 93 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

ACTCTTTATATCTTATTTGGGGTATGATCAGGCCTAGTTGGGGCTGGTTTA---AGCTTACTTATTCGTGCTGAGTTAGGGCAACCTGGTGCTTTACTAGGAGAT---GACCAGCTTTATAATGTCATTGTTACAGCTCATGCTTTTGTCATAATTTTTTTCTTAGTTATACCTATAATAATTGGTGGATTTGGTAACTGATTGGTGCCACTAATA---TTAGGAGCTCCTGACATGGCTTTTCCGCGTCTTAATAACATGAGATTTTGATTATTACCACCTTCTCTATTACTACTATTATCGTCTGCTGCTGTTGAGAGTGGTGCTGGAACTGGATGAACAGTATACCCCCCTTTAGCTGGTAATTTAGCTCATGCGGGTGGTTCTGTTGATTTA---GCAATTTTTTCTCTACACTTAGCGGGTGCTTCTTCTATTTTAGGAGCAGTGAATTTTATTACAACGGTAATTAATATACGATGACGAGGTATACAATTTGAACGTCTTCCTTTATTTGTATGGTCAGTTAAAATTACGGCTATTTTATTGCTCTTATCATTGCCGGTTCTTGCAGGT---GCTATTACTATATTATTGACTGATCGAAATTTTAATACATCTTTTTTTGACCCTGCGGGTGGGGGAGATCCTATTTTGTATCAACATTTG------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TTT
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pomacea canaliculata

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 93
Specimens with Barcodes: 100
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

Reasons: This species is wide ranging in South America.

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IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
Pastorino, G. & Darrigan, G.

Reviewer/s
Bohm, M., Collen, B. & Seddon, M.

Contributor/s
Madhyastha, A., Duncan, C., Offord, S., Soulsby, A.-M., Dyer, E., Whitton, F., Kasthala, G., McGuinness, S., Milligan, HT, De Silva, R., Herdson, R., Thorley, J., McMillan, K., Collins, A. & Richman, N.

Justification
Pomacea canaliculata has been assessed as Least Concern - this is due to the large native range size of the species, and the fact that is is a widely introduced and invasive species. Population densities reported for the species are also very high, and there is no evidence of any major threats to the species or its habitat.

Within the invasive range for this species, measures may needed locally to control this species, as it is impacting other species within the range.
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Population

Population
Population density estimates have been made for this species in its introduced range. In taro patches in Hawaii densities of over 130 m-2 have been reported (Tamaru 1996, Tamaru and Hun 1996). In rice paddies in the Philippines, densities are usually around 1-5 m-2, but have been recorded as high as 150 m-2 (Halwart 1994, Schnorbach1995); Anderson (1993) reported 1,000 mature individuals per m2 here, but it is thought that this was perhaps a mistake (Cowie 2002). In rice paddies in Japan, densities have been reported of 3-7 m-2 (Okuma et al. 1994) and 12-19 m-2 (Litsinger and Estano 1993).

Population Trend
Increasing
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known threats to this widespread and highly invasive species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is not considered to require any conservation actions within the native range. There are no species-specific conservation measures in place or needed for this highly invasive species.

Within the invasive range, measures may needed locally to control this species, as it is impacting other species within the range.

This species has a NatureServe Global Heritage ranking of G5 - Secure (NatureServe 2009) due to its wide distribution in both its native and introduced range.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Economic Uses

Comments: It is widely used as a domestic aquarium snail and regulatory changes have banned live Pomacea spp. with the exception of P. bridgesi from any U.S. trade (Cowie et al., 2009).

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Wikipedia

Pomacea canaliculata

Pomacea canaliculata, common name the channeled applesnail, is a species of large freshwater snail with gills and an operculum, an aquatic gastropod mollusk in the family Ampullariidae, the apple snails. South American in origin, this species is considered to be in the top 100 of the "World's Worst Invasive Alien Species".[2]

Shell description[edit]

The shells of these applesnails are globular in shape. Normal coloration typically includes bands of brown, black, and yellowish-tan; color patterns are extremely variable. Albino and gold color variations exist.[3][4]

The size of the shell is up to 150  mm in length.[4]

Distribution[edit]

The native distribution of P. canaliculata is basically tropical and subtropical,[5] including Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil.[6] The southernmost record for the species is Paso de las Piedras reservoir, south of the Buenos Aires province, Argentina.[7]

Drawing of the animal and the shell of Pomacea canaliculata

Non-indigenous distribution[edit]

This species also occurs in the United States, where the initial introductions were probably from aquarium release, aka "aquarium dumping". The non-indigenous distribution includes: Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County, Indiana;[8] Langan Park and Three Mile Creek in Mobile, Alabama;[9][10] a pond bordering the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in Baldwin County, Alabama;[10] Little Wekiva River, Orlando, Florida; a lake near Jacksonville, Florida;[11] Miramar Reservoir in San Diego County, California; and a pond near Yuma, Arizona. Established populations exist in California and Hawaii.[4]

The species has been found in China since 1981.[12] Its initial point of distribution in China was Zhongshan city.[13]

The species has been found in Chile since 2009 with a restricted distribution.[14]

Ecology[edit]

Habitat[edit]

This species lives in freshwater habitats.

Feeding habits[edit]

Pomacea canaliculata is extremely polyphagous, feeding on vegetal (primarily macrophytophagous, feeding on floating or submersed higher plants), detrital, and animal matter. Diet may vary with age, with younger smaller individuals feeding on algae and detritus, and older, bigger (15mm and above) individuals later shifting to higher plants.[15]

This species negatively impacts rice and taro agriculture worldwide where it has been introduced.[4]

Life cycle[edit]

The egg masses of Pomacea canaliculata are bright orange in color
Eggs of Pomacea canaliculata, scale bar in cm.

In temperate climates, the egg-laying period of this species extends from early spring to early fall.[16] while in tropical areas reproduction is continuous. The duration of the reproductive period of P. canaliculata decreases with latitude, to a minimum of six months in the southern limit of its natural distribution.[7]

First direct evidence (of all animals), that proteinase inhibitor from eggs of Pomacea canaliculata interacts as trypsin inhibitor with protease of potential predators, has been reported in 2010.[17]

Predators[edit]

The Snail Kite, Rostrhamus sociabilis, is a predator of this species in South America. The fire ant, Solenopsis geminata, has also been observed to prey upon this species.[18]

Parasites[edit]

Approximately 1% of the Pomacea canaliculata on sale on local markets in Dali City, Yunnan, China were found to be infected with Angiostrongylus cantonensis in 2009.[19]

Control[edit]

Crude cyclotide extracts from both Oldenlandia affinis and Viola odorata plants showed molluscicidal activity comparable to the synthetic molluscicide metaldehyde. [20]

Human use[edit]

This species is edible. In China and Southeast Asia, consumption of raw or undercooked snails of Pomacea canaliculata and other snails is the primary route of infection with Angiostrongylus cantonensis causing angiostrongyliasis.[19]

In Northeast Thailand, these snails are collected and consumed. They are picked by hand or with a handnet from canals, swamps, ponds and flooded rice paddy fields during the rainy season. During the dry season when these snails are concealed under dried mud, collectors use a spade to scrape the mud in order to find them. The snails are usually collected by women and children.[21] After collection, the snails are cleaned and parboiled. They are then taken out of their shells, cut, and cleaned in salted water. After rinsing with water, they are mixed with roasted rice, dried chili, lime juice, and fish sauce, and then eaten.[21]

References[edit]

This article incorporates public domain text from reference [4] and CC-BY-2.0 text from reference [21] and CC-BY-2.5 text from reference.[19]

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  8. ^ "Channeled Applesnail." Aquatic Invasive Species. Indiana Department of Natural Resources, 16 June 2005. Web. 9 Nov. 2013. <http://www.in.gov/dnr/files/CHANNELED_APPLE_SNAIL.pdf>.
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  10. ^ a b Ben Raines (29 January 2011). "Amazonian apple snails found in Baldwin pond". Press Register. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  11. ^ J. Bernatis, pers. comm. In: United States Geological Survey. 2008. Pomacea canaliculata. USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL. Revision Date: 2/4/2008
  12. ^ doi/10.1371/journal.pntd.0000368.g004 map of distribution in 2007
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  14. ^ Jackson, Douglas; Jackson Donald (2009). "Registro de Pomacea canaliculata (LAMARCK, 1822) (AMPULLARIIDAE), molusco exótico para el norte de Chile". Gayana 73 (1): 40–44. 
  15. ^ Estebenet, A. L. & Martín, P. R. (2002). Pomacea canaliculata (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae): Life-history Traits and their Plasticity. Biocell, 26(1): 83-89. ISSN 0327 - 9545
  16. ^ Bachmann, A. (1960). Apuntes para una hidrobiología argentina. II. Ampullaria insularum Orb. y A. canaliculata Lam. (Moll. Prosobr., Ampullaridae). Observaciones biológicas y ecológicas. I Congr Sudamer Zool (Actas): 19-26, La Plata, Argentina.
  17. ^ Dreon M. S., Ituarte S. & Heras H. (2010). "The Role of the Proteinase Inhibitor Ovorubin in Apple Snail Eggs Resembles Plant Embryo Defense against Predation". PLoS ONE 5(12): e15059. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015059.
  18. ^ Yusa, Y, 2001. Predation on eggs of the apple snail Pomacea canaliculata (Gastropoda: Ampullaridae) by the fire ant Solenopsis geminata. Journal of Molluscian Studies, 67: 275-279
  19. ^ a b c Lv, Shan; Yi Zhang, Shao-Rong Chen, Li-Bo Wang, Wen Fang, Feng Chen, Jin-Yong Jiang, Yuan-Lin Li, Zun-Wei Du, Xiao-Nong Zhou (22 September 2009). "Human Angiostrongyliasis Outbreak in Dali, China". In Graeff-Teixeira, Carlos. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 4 (9): e520. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000520. PMC 2739427. PMID 19771154. 
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