March 28, 2011
"The spread of Limicolaria flammea is potentially damaging to the multi-billion dollar horticultural industry in Singapore, as well as a major threat to agricultural productivity in neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia," the authors write.
Native to West Africa, Limicolaria flammea, has been found in Sinapore. Photo by: S.K. Tan.
"Individuals of this alien species were initially found in disturbed areas (e.g., wayside vegetation in industrial areas and plant nurseries), but they do not appear confined to such habitats—several individuals have actually been observed in secondary forests," the authors explain
The researchers suggest that officials eradicate Limicolaria flammea by hand. In addition the authors suggest that authorities investigate what plant or plants the snails are hitchhiking on.
"If our suggested preventive and control measures are not implemented, the ecological and economic damages caused by Limicolaria flammea in tropical Asia could be costly, and eradication almost impossible," the authors conclude.
CITATION: Tan, S. K. and Clements, R. G. 2011. Limicolaria flammea (Müller, 1774), another potentially invasive African land snail in tropical Asia. Tropical Conservation Science Vol. 4 (1):97-102.
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