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Chinese Slug | Meghimatium bilineatum (Benson)

California Pest Rating for
Chinese Slug  |  Meghimatium bilineatum (Benson)
Gastropoda: Philomycidae
Pest Rating: A

 


PEST RATING PROFILE
Initiating Event:

Meghimatium bilineatum has been intercepted by CDFA’s high risk programs, border stations, and dog teams and presently has a temporary rating of “Q”.  A pest rating proposal is required to assign a permanent pest rating.

History & Status:

BackgroundMeghimatium bilineatum is a terrestrial slug that lives in humid environments beneath plants and emerges to forage after rainfall1.  It is also found on cultivated land, landscaped urban areas, smooth-barked live trees, rocks, and under dead logs2.  Like other slugs Meghimatium bilineatum is presumably polyphagous on a wide variety of living and decaying plants.  The slug may be transported long distances on nursery stock.

Worldwide Distribution: Meghimatium bilineatum is native to the mid and lower Yangtse basin of China1.  From there it has spread to Taiwan, Japan, Hawaii, Java, and Russia2.  Interceptions by CDFA on consignments from Florida and Ecuador indicate that it could be more widespread.

Official Control: Meghimatium bilineatum is not known to be under official control in any other states or nations3.

California Distribution:  Meghimatium bilineatum has never been found in the environment of California.

California Interceptions:  CDFA has intercepted Meghimatium bilineatum 16 times on nursery stock and ti leaves from Hawaii, Ecuador, and Florida.

The risk Meghimatium bilineatum would pose to California is evaluated below.

Consequences of Introduction: 

1) Climate/Host Interaction: Meghimatium bilineatum is a polyphagous terrestrial slug and is likely able to establish anywhere suitable moisture is available in California. It receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate if the pest would have suitable hosts and climate to establish in California.  Score:

Low (1) Not likely to establish in California; or likely to establish in very limited areas.

Medium (2) may be able to establish in a larger but limited part of California.

High (3) likely to establish a widespread distribution in California.

2) Known Pest Host Range: Meghimatium bilineatum is presumably polyphagous on a wide variety of living and decaying plants.  It receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the host range of the pest. Score:

Low (1) has a very limited host range.

Medium (2) has a moderate host range.

High (3) has a wide host range.

3) Pest Dispersal Potential: Females of Meghimatium bilineatum may live up to four years in the laboratory and produce an average of 932 eggs, indicating a high reproductive rate.  The slugs may be transported long distances when infested nursery stock is moved.  Meghimatium bilineatum receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the natural and artificial dispersal potential of the pest. Score:

Low (1) does not have high reproductive or dispersal potential.

Medium (2) has either high reproductive or dispersal potential.

High (3) has both high reproduction and dispersal potential.

4) Economic Impact: Meghimatium bilineatum does not appear to be documented as an agricultural pest and is therefore not expected to lower crop yields.  However, slugs have the potential to significantly reduce the value of nursery stock by feeding on plants and contaminating them with their presence.  The slugs are not expected to interfere with markets or change cultural practices.  Meghimatium bilineatum has been documented as a vector of rat lungworm4.  The slugs are not expected to injure animals or interfere with water supplies.  Meghimatium bilineatum receives a Medium (2) in this category.

Evaluate the economic impact of the pest to California using the criteria below. Score:

A. The pest could lower crop yield.

B. The pest could lower crop value (includes increasing crop production costs).

C. The pest could trigger the loss of markets (includes quarantines).

D. The pest could negatively change normal cultural practices.

E. The pest can vector, or is vectored, by another pestiferous organism.

F. The organism is injurious or poisonous to agriculturally important animals.

G. The organism can interfere with the delivery or supply of water for agricultural uses.

Low (1) causes 0 or 1 of these impacts.

Medium (2) causes 2 of these impacts.

High (3) causes 3 or more of these impacts.

5) Environmental Impact: Meghimatium bilineatum is not expected to lower biodiversity, disrupt natural communities, or change ecosystem processes.  It is not expected to directly affect threatened or endangered species or disrupt critical habitats.  It may trigger additional treatment programs in the nursery industry and by residents who find infested plants or garden unacceptable.  It is not expected to significantly impact cultural practices, home/urban gardening, or ornamental plantings.  Meghimatium bilineatum receives a Medium (2) in this category.

Evaluate the environmental impact of the pest on California using the criteria below.

A. The pest could have a significant environmental impact such as lowering biodiversity, disrupting natural communities, or changing ecosystem processes.

B. The pest could directly affect threatened or endangered species.

C. The pest could impact threatened or endangered species by disrupting critical habitats.

D. The pest could trigger additional official or private treatment programs.

E. The pest significantly impacts cultural practices, home/urban gardening or ornamental plantings.

Score the pest for Environmental Impact. Score:

Low (1) causes none of the above to occur.

Medium (2) causes one of the above to occur.

High (3) causes two or more of the above to occur.

Consequences of Introduction to California for Meghimatium bilineatum: High (13)

Add up the total score and include it here.

Low = 5-8 points

Medium = 9-12 points

High = 13-15 points

6) Post Entry Distribution and Survey Information: Meghimatium bilineatum has never been found in California and receives a Not established (0) in this category.

Evaluate the known distribution in California. Only official records identified by a taxonomic expert and supported by voucher specimens deposited in natural history collections should be considered. Pest incursions that have been eradicated, are under eradication, or have been delimited with no further detections should not be included.

Not established (0) Pest never detected in California, or known only from incursions.

Low (-1) Pest has a localized distribution in California, or is established in one suitable climate/host area (region).

Medium (-2) Pest is widespread in California but not fully established in the endangered area, or pest established in two contiguous suitable climate/host areas.

High (-3) Pest has fully established in the endangered area, or pest is reported in more than two contiguous or non-contiguous suitable climate/host areas.

Final Score

The final score is the consequences of introduction score minus the post entry distribution and survey information score: High (13)

Uncertainty:

There have not been any recent comprehensive slug surveys in California.  It is possible that Meghimatium bilineatum could be present in some localities.

Conclusion and Rating Justification:

Meghimatium bilineatum has never been found in the environment of California and may have significant economic and environmental impacts if it were to establish here.  An “A” rating is justified.

References:

1 Wiktor, Andrzej, Chen De-Niu, and Wu Ming. 2000. Stylommatophoran Slugs of China (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) – Prodromus.  Folia Malacologica 8(1): 3-35.  http://agro.icm.edu.pl/agro/element/bwmeta1.element.agro-e16e8da9-fe23-46f1-9334-cd9a90234311/c/FM08_1__2_1_.pdf

2 Paustian, Megan. Terrestrial Slugs Web. http://terrslugs.lifedesks.org/pages/31161

3 USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT) Phytosanitary Export Database (PExD).  https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/

4 Molet, T. 2014. CPHST Pest Datasheet for Meghimatium pictum. USDA-APHIS-PPQ-CPHST.  https://caps.ceris.purdue.edu/webfm_send/2556


Responsible Party:

Jason Leathers, 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814, (916) 654-1211, plant.health[@]cdfa.ca.gov.


Comment Period: CLOSED

The 45-day comment period opens on Jun 21, 2016 and closed on Aug 5, 2016.


Pest Rating: A


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Small Pointed Snail | Cochlicella barbara (Linnaeus)

California Pest Rating for
Small Pointed Snail  | Cochlicella barbara (Linnaeus)
Gastropoda: Cochlicellidae
Pest Rating: B

 


PEST RATING PROFILE
Initiating Event:

In February 2015 CDFA was notified of the discovery of Cochlicella barbara, small pointed snail, in Santa Clara County during the Citizen Science Association Conference BioBlitz. A pest rating proposal is required to designate a permanent pest rating for this snail.

History & Status:

Background: Cochlicella barbara is an air-breathing land snail that is considered a pest of cereal crops and pastures in Australia1,3. Like most snails it is polyphagous and may be moved long distances when infested plants are moved or as a contaminating pest.

Worldwide Distribution: Cochlicella barbara is native to the Mediterranean region. From there it has spread to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Official Control: Cochlicella barbara is listed as a harmful organism by Chile, Japan, and the Republic of Korea2.

California Distribution: Specimens in the California State Collection of Arthropods and records in the PDR Database indicate that Cochlicella barbara may have been present in California since the 1970’s. It has been found in the following locations: Santa Cruz County: Watsonville (1974), Davenport (1975), and Santa Cruz (1988 and 1993); San Diego County: Santee (1985); Santa Barbara County: Santa Barbara (2001); San Joaquin County: Tracy (2001); and Santa Clara County: Moffet Field (2007).

California Interceptions: Cochlicella barbara was intercepted once on Dracena reflexa plants imported from Florida in 2001.

The risk Cochlicella barbara poses to California is evaluated below.

Consequences of Introduction:

1) Climate/Host Interaction: Cochlicella barbara is widespread in Europe and the Mediterranean and similar climates exist in California. The snail can be expected to establish a widespread distribution in the state and receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate if the pest would have suitable hosts and climate to establish in California. Score:

Low (1) Not likely to establish in California; or likely to establish in very limited areas.
Medium (2) may be able to establish in a larger but limited part of California.
High (3) likely to establish a widespread distribution in California.

2) Known Pest Host Range:  Cochlicella barbara is polyphagous and receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the host range of the pest. Score:

Low (1) has a very limited host range.
Medium (2) has a moderate host range.
High (3) has a wide host range.

3) Pest Dispersal Potential: Snails are capable of rapid reproduction and can move long distances when infested plants are moved or as a contaminating pest on a wide variety of consignments. Cochlicella barbara receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the natural and artificial dispersal potential of the pest. Score:

Low (1) does not have high reproductive or dispersal potential.
Medium (2) has either high reproductive or dispersal potential.
High (3) has both high reproduction and dispersal potential.

4) Economic Impact: Cochlicella barbara has not had any significant economic impacts since it was first reported in California in the 1970’s. However, it is listed as a harmful organism by several other nations and has the potential to cause trade disruptions as it expands its distribution and increases in abundance. The snail has not lowered any crop yields, reduced crop values, changed cultural practices, injured animals, or interfered with water supplies. It is considered a vector of nematode-caused diseases such as sheep lungworm3. Cochlicella barbara receives a Medium (2) in this category.

Evaluate the economic impact of the pest to California using the criteria below. Score:

A. The pest could lower crop yield.
B. The pest could lower crop value (includes increasing crop production costs).
C. The pest could trigger the loss of markets (includes quarantines).
D. The pest could negatively change normal cultural practices.
E. The pest can vector, or is vectored, by another pestiferous organism.
F. The organism is injurious or poisonous to agriculturally important animals.
G. The organism can interfere with the delivery or supply of water for agricultural uses.

Low (1) causes 0 or 1 of these impacts.
Medium (2) causes 2 of these impacts.
High (3) causes 3 or more of these impacts.

5) Environmental Impact: Since its first reports in California in the 1970’s, no significant environmental impacts have been reported from Cochlicella barbara. The snail has not been observed to lower biodiversity, disrupt natural communities, or change ecosystem processes. It has not known to have affected any threatened or endangered species or disrupted critical habitats. It is not known to have triggered any additional treatment programs or impacted any cultural practices, home/urban gardens, or ornamental plantings. Cochlicella barbara receives a Low (1) in this category.

Evaluate the environmental impact of the pest on California using the criteria below.

A. The pest could have a significant environmental impact such as lowering biodiversity, disrupting natural communities, or changing ecosystem processes.
B. The pest could directly affect threatened or endangered species.
C. The pest could impact threatened or endangered species by disrupting critical habitats.
D. The pest could trigger additional official or private treatment programs.
E. The pest significantly impacts cultural practices, home/urban gardening or ornamental plantings.

Score the pest for Environmental Impact. Score:

Low (1) causes none of the above to occur.
Medium (2) causes one of the above to occur.
High (3) causes two or more of the above to occur.

Likely consequences of the presence of Cochlicella barbara for California: Medium (12)

Add up the total score and include it here.
– Low = 5-8 points
– Medium = 9-12 points
– High = 13-15 points

6) Post Entry Distribution and Survey Information: Cochlicella barbara is only known from 9 samples of snails collected in California in Santa Cruz, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, and Santa Clara counties over a period of more than 40 years. It may or may not be established in these areas. It receives a Medium (-2) in this category.

Evaluate the known distribution in California. Only official records identified by a taxonomic expert and supported by voucher specimens deposited in natural history collections should be considered. Pest incursions that have been eradicated, are under eradication, or have been delimited with no further detections should not be included.

Not established (0) Pest never detected in California, or known only from incursions.
Low (-1) Pest has a localized distribution in California, or is established in one suitable climate/host area (region).
Medium (-2) Pest is widespread in California but not fully established in the endangered area, or pest established in two contiguous suitable climate/host areas.
High (-3) Pest has fully established in the endangered area, or pest is reported in more than two contiguous or non-contiguous suitable climate/host areas.

Final Score:

The final score is the likely consequences of introduction score minus the post-entry distribution and survey information score: Medium (10)

Uncertainty:

There have not been any recent statewide surveys for snails in California. Snails are most active at night and at low population densities are unlikely to be observed during typical daytime visual surveys for other pests. It is possible that Cochlicella barbara is more widespread in the state than is presently known. Alternatively, it may have failed to establish in some of the locations where it was found.

Conclusion and Rating Justification:

Nine samples of snails identified as Cochlicella barbara have been found in California over the last 40 years. However, the present distribution of the species is unknown. Although no significant economic or environmental impacts have yet to be reported from this snail there are potential economic impacts. A “B” rating is appropriate.

References:

1 Baker, Geoff H. 2002. Helicidae and Hygromiidae as Pests in Cereal Crops and Pastures in Southern Australia. In: Molluscs as Crop Pests. CABI Publishing New York. 468 pp. http://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9780851993201

2 USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT) Phytosanitary Export Database (PExD). https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/

3 Herbert, David G. 2010. The introduced Mollusca of South Africa. South Africa National Biodiversity Institute. 109 pp. http://www.sanbi.org/sites/default/files/documents/documents/bioseries15introterrestmollusca.pdf

Responsible Party:

Jason Leathers, 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814, (916) 654-1211, plant.health[@]cdfa.ca.gov.


Comment Period: CLOSED

The 45-day comment period opened on Monday, March 16, 2015 and closed on Thursday, April 30, 2015.


Pest Rating: B


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Cuban Brown Snail | Zachrysia provisoria (Pfeiffer)

California Pest Rating for
Cuban Brown Snail  |  Zachrysia provisoria (Pfeiffer)
Gastropoda: Pleurodontidae
Pest Rating: A

 


PEST RATING PROFILE
Initiating Event:

Zachrysia provisoria is frequently intercepted by CDFA and is presently assigned a temporary rating of “Q”. A pest rating proposal is required to assign a permanent pest rating.

History & Status:

Background:  Zachrysia provisoria is an air-breathing terrestrial snail that is considered to be a voracious pest of citrus, tropical fruits, vegetables, and most ornamental plants1,2. It can be transported long distances when infested potted plants are moved.

Worldwide Distribution:  Zachrysia provisoria is native to the Caribbean region. It was deliberately introduced to Florida in the early 1900’s and spread throughout much of the state1. It is also found in Costa Rica1.

Official Control: Zachrysia provisoria is not known to be listed as a quarantine pest by any other states or nations3. However, Australia, Chile, and Nauru list the entire class Gastropoda as harmful organisms3.

California Distribution:  Zachrysia provisoria has never been found in the environment of California.

California Interceptions:  Zachrysia provisoria was intercepted by CDFA’s high risk programs and border stations 192 times between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2014 primarily on shipments of nursery stock from Florida. The snail has also been intercepted several times at nurseries within California.

The risk Zachrysia provisoria would pose to California is evaluated below.

Consequences of Introduction:

1) Climate/Host Interaction: Since the snail was introduced to Florida in the early 1900’s it has spread as far north as Tampa1. This corresponds to USDA plant hardiness zones 9b and above. This corresponds with most of coastal California, the central valley, and southern California. Zachrysia provisoria is likely able to establish throughout these regions and therefore receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate if the pest would have suitable hosts and climate to establish in California. Score:

Low (1) Not likely to establish in California; or likely to establish in very limited areas.
Medium (2) may be able to establish in a larger but limited part of California.
High (3) likely to establish a widespread distribution in California.

2) Known Pest Host Range:  Zachrysia provisoria is considered a voracious, polyphagous snail that feeds on citrus, tropical fruits, vegetables, and most ornamental plants. It receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the host range of the pest. Score:

Low (1) has a very limited host range.
Medium (2) has a moderate host range.
High (3) has a wide host range.

3) Pest Dispersal Potential: Zachrysia provisoria, like other snails, can be considered to have high reproductive potential. It is frequently transported long distances when infested plants are moved. This snail receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the natural and artificial dispersal potential of the pest. Score:

Low (1) does not have high reproductive or dispersal potential.
Medium (2) has either high reproductive or dispersal potential.
High (3) has both high reproduction and dispersal potential.

4) Economic Impact: Zachrysia provisoria is likely to reduce yields within California’s nursery industry, gardens, and possibly farms by consuming crop and ornamental plants. The snail is likely to lower the value of nursery stock by disfiguring plants and contaminating them with its presence. All snails are considered quarantine pests by several of California’s trading partners. If Zachrysia provisoria were to enter California it has the potential to disrupt a wide variety of exports. Zachrysia provisoria receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the economic impact of the pest to California using the criteria below. Score:

A. The pest could lower crop yield.
B. The pest could lower crop value (includes increasing crop production costs).
C. The pest could trigger the loss of markets (includes quarantines).
D. The pest could negatively change normal cultural practices.
E. The pest can vector, or is vectored, by another pestiferous organism.
F. The organism is injurious or poisonous to agriculturally important animals.
G. The organism can interfere with the delivery or supply of water for agricultural uses.

Low (1) causes 0 or 1 of these impacts.
Medium (2) causes 2 of these impacts.
High (3) causes 3 or more of these impacts.

5) Environmental Impact: If Zachrysia provisoria were to enter California it is likely that the snail will trigger chemical treatments in the nursery industry, farms and orchards, and by residents. The snail is also considered a voracious pest of most ornamental plants would be expected to significantly impact cultural practices, home/urban gardens, and ornamental plantings. Zachrysia provisoria receives a High (3) in this category.

Evaluate the environmental impact of the pest on California using the criteria below.

A. The pest could have a significant environmental impact such as lowering biodiversity, disrupting natural communities, or changing ecosystem processes.
B. The pest could directly affect threatened or endangered species.
C. The pest could impact threatened or endangered species by disrupting critical habitats.
D. The pest could trigger additional official or private treatment programs.
E. The pest significantly impacts cultural practices, home/urban gardening or ornamental plantings.

Score the pest for Environmental Impact. Score:

Low (1) causes none of the above to occur.
Medium (2) causes one of the above to occur.
High (3) causes two or more of the above to occur.

Consequences of Introduction to California for Zachrysia provisoria (Cuban Brown Snail): High (15)

Add up the total score and include it here.
– Low = 5-8 points
– Medium = 9-12 points
– High = 13-15 points

6) Post Entry Distribution and Survey Information:  Zachrysia provisoria has not been found in the environment of California and receives a Not established (0) in this category.

Evaluate the known distribution in California. Only official records identified by a taxonomic expert and supported by voucher specimens deposited in natural history collections should be considered. Pest incursions that have been eradicated, are under eradication, or have been delimited with no further detections should not be included.

Not established (0) Pest never detected in California, or known only from incursions.
Low (-1) Pest has a localized distribution in California, or is established in one suitable climate/host area (region).
Medium (-2) Pest is widespread in California but not fully established in the endangered area, or pest established in two contiguous suitable climate/host areas.
High (-3) Pest has fully established in the endangered area, or pest is reported in more than two contiguous or non-contiguous suitable climate/host areas.

Final Score:

The final score is the consequences of introduction score minus the post entry distribution and survey information score: High (15)

Uncertainty:

There have not been any recent surveys for Zachrysia provisoria in California. Due to the large number of interceptions it is possible that some snails may have escaped detection and entered the state. Zachrysia provisoria may be present in some places in California.

Conclusion and Rating Justification:

Zachrysia provisoria has never been found in the environment of California and is likely to have significant economic and environmental impacts if it were to enter the state. An “A”-rating is justified.

References:

1 Capinera, John L. and Jodi White. 2011. Terrestrial Snails Affecting Plants in Florida. University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service. http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/winterhaven/published_documents/Winter%20Haven/Lakes/Backyard%20Wildlife/Animal%20Information/Snails%20and%20Slugs/Terrestrial%20Snails%20Affecting%20Plants%20in%20Florida%20IN89300.pdf

2 Auggenberg, K. and L.A. Stange. 1993. The Camaenidae (Mollusca: Pulmonata) of Florida. Entomology Circular 356: 2. http://www.cabdirect.org/abstracts/19941100836.html;jsessionid=73E26DBC3CD17A5EB1DA62566A564331

3 USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT) Phytosanitary Export Database (PExD). https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/

Responsible Party:

Jason Leathers, 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814, (916) 654-1211, plant.health[@]cdfa.ca.gov.


Comment Period: CLOSED

The 45-day comment period opened on Monday, March 16, 2015 and closed on Thursday, April 30, 2015.


 Pest Rating: A


Posted by ls