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Invasives spp in Hawaii - Taxonimic issues anyone?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:59 pm
by khayes
From the front page of the Honolulu Advertiser

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:06 pm
by Annie Anderson
But that isn't a golden apple snail--that's a land snail. Aren't applesnails strictly freshwater snails?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:23 pm
by badflash
That is a giant african land snail. They are a problem there too. Canas are purely water snails and just go out to lay eggs. They are a big problem with the Taro crop.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:38 pm
by Donya
lol Well at least they kind of got the color description right. Oh dear... :lol:

Close, but no cigar

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:24 am
by khayes
Yeah Donya, they came sorta, kinda, close to the right color, but that is actually the Rosey Wolf Snail, Euglandina rosea. AKA the scourge of the Pacific (one of many actually)

And here I am doing research trying to distinguish among the different species of Pomacea and our well intentioned press is making things more confusing for the general public.

Oh well, all you can do is laugh!

-Ken

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:45 am
by rpilla001
Must have some people from Mississippi working on that one

Re: Close, but no cigar

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:43 pm
by badflash
khayes wrote:Yeah Donya, they came sorta, kinda, close to the right color, but that is actually the Rosey Wolf Snail, Euglandina rosea. AKA the scourge of the Pacific (one of many actually)
-Ken


Interesting that these are use to kill Giant African Land Snails and have become a pest on their own. Robert, they have these wild in Florida!

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:05 pm
by rpilla001
Badflash.. The African snails in Miami were irradicated a while back. I am not sure if there are more her in Florida or not. However, they are actively looking for more

"In 1966, a Miami boy smuggled three giant African land snails into the country. His grandmother eventually released them into a garden, and in seven years, there were more than 18,000 of them. The Florida state eradication effort took 10 years at a cost of $1 million."

http://www.local10.com/news/3299736/detail.html

This is from 2004

http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/press/2004/05122004.html

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:53 pm
by badflash
The GALS are still out there. I had a report from someone last year, but they are not near any town. I was talking about the the Rosey Wolf Snail, Euglandina rosea though.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:39 am
by jonfr
This is one bad reporting. :o

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:14 am
by rpilla001
Since I have moved here in 1972 I have never seen a Rosey Wolf Snail.

I just see thousands of these bad boys.

http://www.jaxshells.org/gallery6.htm