Details of this species in India
Source: Raut & Barker 2002; Cooling 2005
Arrival Date: 1847
Species Notes for this Location:
From the Indian Ocean islands, naturalists spread A. fulica to India and Sri Lanka (Raut & Barker 2002). It is reported to have been introduced in 1847.
Management Notes for this Location:
In 1968 the predatory rosy wolfsnail (Euglandina rosea) was introduced into India to control A. fulica. Non-target impacts included the consumption of native snails (Hoddle 2004).
Agricultural: Irrespective of crop the seedling or nursery stage is the most preferred stage and the most vulnerable. In some situations infestations of crops in the seedling stage are so severe as to demand changes in the crop species cultivated. In India, for example, A. fulica infestations made it uneconomic to grow papaya (Carica papaya) (Raut & Ghose 1984, in Raut & Barker 2002). Thus production of some crops has proved unsustainable in certain infested areas. In the Inida (Raut & Ghose 1984, in Raut & Barker 2002) it has also proven difficult to produce yam due to A. fulica infestations.
Economic/Livelihoods: Infestations of Achatina fulica have caused sufficient damage to crops to render growing of some vegetables unviable.
Last Modified: 9/03/2010 3:52:00 p.m.