Archachatina marginata

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Archachatina marginata
Archachatina marginata shell.jpg
The shell of Archachatina marginata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Achatinoidea
Family: Achatinidae
Genus: Archachatina
Species: A. marginata
Binomial name
Archachatina marginata
(Swainson, 1821)

Archachatina marginata, common name the giant West African snail, is a species of air-breathing tropical land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Achatinidae. They can grow up to 20cm long, and live up to 10 years.


This species occurs in Western Africa: Cameroon through Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This species has not yet become established in the USA, but it is considered to represent a potentially serious threat as a pest, an invasive species which could negatively affect agriculture, natural ecosystems, human health or commerce. Therefore it has been suggested that this species be given top national quarantine significance in the USA.[1]

Archachatina marginata var. ovum (Pfeiffer, 1858)
Archachatina marginata var. suturalis (Philippi, 1849)


  1. ^ Cowie R. H., Dillon R. T., Robinson D. G. & Smith J. W. (2009). "Alien non-marine snails and slugs of priority quarantine importance in the United States: A preliminary risk assessment". American Malacological Bulletin 27: 113-132. PDF.

External links[edit]

  • [1] Let Them Eat Snail: Nutritional Giant Snails Could Address Malnutrition