Pomacea sp.,

Ng, Ting Hui, Dulipat, Jasrul, Foon, Junn Kitt, Lopes-Lima, Manuel, Alexandra Zieritz, & Liew, Thor-Seng, 2017, A preliminary checklist of the freshwater snails of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) deposited in the BORNEENSIS collection, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, ZooKeys 673, pp. 105-123: 106

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Pomacea sp.


Pomacea sp.  Figure 2C

Material examined.

BOR/MOL537, BOR/MOL1759, BOR/MOL8672, BOR/MOL8711.

Distribution and habitat.

Along the north-western coast from Kota Marudu to Kota Kinabalu and Tenom, and in the interior at Keningau. Habitats include freshwater swamps, rivers, and drains.


Ampullariids of the genus Pomacea  originate from South America and are globally-invasive, causing widespread damage to paddy fields in South-east Asia ( Joshi and Sebastian 2006). The harm brought about by Pomacea  prompted various studies to control their spread, including in Sabah ( Teo 2001, 2003, 2004). Pomacea canaliculata  was first recorded from the state in 1992 ( Yahaya et al. 2006), and has previously been found in paddy fields in Tuaran, Tambunan and Keningau ( Teo 2004). Another species, the morphologically similar Pomacea maculata  , has been widely introduced to South-east Asia ( Hayes et al. 2008, 2012) and may also be established in Sabah. However, fresh materials were unavailable to confirm the identity of Pomacea  from Sabah using molecular methods, which are the best for distinguishing between the species ( Matsukura et al. 2013).