giant East African snail, Achatina fulica  (Stylommatophora: Achatinidae) - 0019012

giant East African snail
Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822

Descriptor: Adult(s)
Description: Large shell cone-shaped shaped nail. Voraceous plant feeder and very destructive to landscape and homes. Picked up in baggage by PPQ Officer Berk Brown. As an agricultural pest in Florida, the shell was eradicated (see Abbott, 1989, Compendium of Landshells, pg.78) in 1972. Found in Hawaii and American Samoa, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, etc
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Image location: , United States

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Name: John W. Dooley
Organization: USDA APHIS PPQ
Country: United States

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Image uploaded on Monday, January 01, 1990
Image Information last updated on Tuesday, October 02, 2012