08 September 2011

A new website for alien gastropods in North America

The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has just made public Terrestrial Mollusc Tool for those terrestrial gastropods that are likely to be introduced into the U.S. from foreign countries.

The primary users of the tool are intended to be customs inspectors at U.S. ports of entry whose duties include the spotting and the identification of live snails and slugs that may be intentionally or unintentionally being brought into the U.S. These include the pest species such as the giant African snails (Achatina spp.). But the key should be useful to everyone who is attempting to identify the non-native gastropods, for example, Cepaea nemoralis, already established in North America.

The tool also provides useful information on the biology and study of gastropods, including well-illustrated instructions for dissecting snails and slugs.

As mentioned in the Acknowledgements, yours truly was one of the "expert" reviewers of the beta version of Terrestrial Mollusc Tool.

1 comment:

Ric Brewer said...

This is an awesome new site. Congratulations on your involvement with it. I'm definitely bookmarking it!