A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
April 2006. A snail was intercepted at Matautu wharf, Apia, Samoa, South Pacific underneath a crate from New Zealand. It is about 1-1.5 cm long.
The snail is a juvenile Bown garden snail, variously known as Helix aspersa Müller, Cryptomphalus aspersus (Müller) and Cornu aspersum (Müller). Originally, it was a circum-Mediterranean species, but more recently it has been found on all continents, especially in gardens, parks, etc. It is widely distributed in New Zealand. See for the latter information pp. 62-68 in Barker GM (1999) Naturalised terrestrial Stylommatophora (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Fauna of New Zealand 38: 249 pp. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, NZ. This European snail is a serious pest in many parts of the world, attacking a wide variety of agricultural/horticultural plants.