While this species prefers higher temperatures around 25 degrees C, it is the more resistant to lower temperatures than other species in the genus Pomacea. Females lay clusters of bright pink eggs above the water line. The invasive apple snail Pomacea canaliculata is known as an omnivorous species, but there are only few reports of its predation. National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan iii NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN 2016-2026 . In around 1980, this snail species was introduced into Southeast Asia, first in Taiwan and subsequently in neighbouring countries (Joshi & Sebastian, 2006). POMACEA CANALICULATA, P. BRIDGESI, P. PALUDOSA, AND PILA CONICA (Apple Snails) Description: Attain sizes slightly smaller than golfballs, with shell colors ranging from yellow to brown Native Range: South America Introduction: Initially introduced as food crops but aquarium release may also be responsible for invasion. Restoration Ecology. It is distinguished from other Pomacea species in the aquarium trade by the indented shell sutures P. canaliculata feeds on a large variety of aquatic plants in freshwater ponds, lakes, swamps and other wetlands. "Wetland Restoration and Invasive Species: Apple snail (Pomacea insularum) Feeding on Native and Invasive Aquatic Plants." Denisia, Neue Serie (New series), 28:283-286 Wood TS, Anurakpongsatorn P, Chaichana R, Mahujchariyawong J, Satapanajaru T, 2006. The genus is native to the Americas; most species in this genus are restricted to South America.. in the aquarium trade these snails are sometimes called Pomacea or incorrectly Ampullarius, and in English as "[color] mystery snail" or "apple snail". Invasive Species Fact Sheet – Pomacea canaliculata Control Options Preventing the spread of CAS into new locations is the most effective and efficient management option. Herbivory on aquatic vascular plants by the introduced golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) in Lao PDR. This species can easily be mistaken for other similar snail species such as Pomacea insularum and Pomacea lineata. Pomacea canaliculata is an amphibious animal. First reports were of P. conica in 1966 and P. canaliculate 1989 and … This species was originally thought to be the channeled applesnail. Identification: Pomacea canaliculata looks very much like congeneric species. Invasive species cause ecological and economic impacts on invaded ecosystems, although the presence of native species hampers the propagation of invasive species due to biotic resistance. This study examined the potential of this snail as a predator of common freshwater snails in southern China. They have rounded whorls at the top, with deeply indented sutures. One of them, Pomacea canaliculata, has been classified as one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world (Lowe et al., 2000). The snail leaves the water for land in search of fresh vegetation at night, and remains hidden near the surface of water during the day. Never release unwanted pets or aquarium plants and animals into the wild! Life Cycle In P.canaliculata the sexes are separate. 2005. Pomacea maculata was probably released in southern Florida in the early 1980s by persons with the tropical pet industry, and rapidly expanded throughout the state.Pomacea maculata is now found in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, … Predation on freshwater bryozoans by the apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata, Ampullariidae, an invasive species in Southeast Asia: a summary report. Pomacea is a genus of freshwater snails with gills and an operculum, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Ampullariidae, the apple snails. 17.3 (2009): 433-440. Carlsson, N. O. L., and J. O. Lacoursière. Pomacea maculata (Perry, 1810), the island applesnail, is the most common introduced species.