Elisolimax flavescens

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Elisolimax flavescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
clade Sigmurethra
clade limacoid clade

Superfamily: Helicarionoidea
Family: Helicarionidae
Genus: Elisolimax
Species: E. flavescens
Binomial name
Elisolimax flavescens

Elisolimax flavescens is a species of air-breathing land snail or semislug, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Helicarionidae or Urocyclidae.[1][clarification needed]

Identified in 1866 by naturalist Wilhelm Moritz Keferstein, this species occurs primarily in southeastern Africa.[2] It 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]


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ Herbert, David. The Introduced Terrestrial Mollusca of South Africa, p. 14 (South African National Biodiversity Institute, 2010).