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The Identity, Distribution, and Impacts of Non-native Apple Snails in the Continental United States

Since the mid 1990s populations of non-native apple snails (Ampullariidae) have been discovered with increasing frequency in the continental United States. Given the dramatic effects that introduced apple snails have had on both natural habitats and agricultural areas in Southeast Asia, their introduction to the mainland U.S. is cause for concern. We combine phylogenetic analyses of mtDNA sequences with examination of introduced populations and museum collections to clarify the identities, introduced distributions, geographical origins, and introduction histories of apple snails.

Publisher - BioMed Central Ltd

Subjects - Gastropod, Apple Snail, Ampullariidae


Citation: Rawlings TA, Hayes KA, Cowie RH, Collins TM. 2007. The Identity, Distribution, and Impacts of Non-native Apple Snails in the Continental United States. BMC Evolut. Biol.; 7(1):97 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-7-97