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Red-rim Melania - Melanoides tuberculatus

Aquatic Invasive Species
Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
This exotic snail is introduced in 20 states in the US. It's shell with a high slender spire and decorative colors doesn't resemble any native snail in the west.

Range Comments
Found wide-ranging and common in Africa and the eastern Mediterranean countries and throughout India, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, and southern China, north to the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, south and east through many of the Pacific islands to Northern Australia, introduced to the United States. U.S. introductions confirmed in Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, and Hawaii (Anderson, 2004).


This species is rarely found in temporary water bodies but may resist a broad spectrum of environmental conditions (Pointier et al., 2005). We have a record of a shell found in the Powder River (SE corner of Montana), may have come in from WY.

Increasing (increase of >10%). Found a lone empty Melania snail shell on the bank of the Powder River in 2005.

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Red-rim Melania — Melanoides tuberculatus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from