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Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica) - Two additional regulated areas established in Florida
Date posted: 10/26/2012
Contact: Anthony Man-Son-Hing, Regional Program Manager, at (919) 855-7331, or Andrea Simao, National Program Manager, at (301) 851-2067
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is notifying stakeholders of two new regulated areas for Giant African Snail (GAS) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. In August, program personnel detected GAS in two residential areas outside of, but closely associated with, existing regulated areas in Miami. The revised map and description of the new regulated area are posted on the APHIS website at:

In September 2011, APHIS confirmed the detection of GAS, Lissachatina fulica, in a residential area of Miami, Florida. GAS is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different plants including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental crops.

Since the initial detection, APHIS has actively worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct survey, regulatory, control, and outreach activities within the affected areas.

Under IPPC standards, Lissachatina fulica is considered to be a pest that is transient: actionable, and under eradication in the United States.

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