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Achatina fulica Thailand.jpg
A live individual of Achatina fulica from Thailand
Achatina fulica 001.jpg
A shell of Achatina fulica
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
Subfamily: Achatininae
Genus: Achatina
Lamarck, 1799[1]
Type species
Bulla achatina Linnaeus, 1758/small>

Achatina is a genus of medium-sized to very large, air-breathing, tropical land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Achatinidae.[2]


There are some 200 species of Achatinidae in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some species are kept as terrarium animals due to their size and colourful shells.

Shell description[edit]

Snails in this genus have medium to large shells which are ovate in shape and often colourfully streaked.


Species within the genus Achatina include:

incertae sedis:

  • Achatina vassei Germain, 1918 - The internal anatomy of this species is not known, and therefore the generic classification of ‘Achatina’ vassei cannot be made.[4]
Species brought into synonymy


  1. ^ Lamarck J.-B. (1799). Mém. Soc. Hist. nat. Paris 1: 75.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P. (2014). Achatina Lamarck, 1799. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2014-11-07
  3. ^ Du Cane Godman, Frederick. Annali Del Museo Civico Di Storia Naturale "Giacomo Doria", Museo civico di storia naturale, Genoa, 1916, p.245
  4. ^ Bruggen A. C. van (2010). "A new record of ‘Achatina’ vassei Germain, 1918 (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Achatinidae) from Mozambique – an unsolved problem". Zoologische Mededelingen 84. HTM.

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