Parmarion martensi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Parmarion martensi
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: Ariophantidae
Subfamily: Ostracolethinae
Genus: Parmarion
Species: P. martensi
Binomial name
Parmarion martensi
Simroth, 1893[1]

Parmarion martensi is a species of air-breathing land semislug, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Ariophantidae.


The probable native distribution of Parmarion martensi includes Southeast Asia.[2]

This species is already established in the USA, and 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.[3]

Parmarion martensi is considered to be a pest species in Hawaii.[2]


Parmarion martensi is a host for the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which causes rat lungworm disease.[2]

Parmarion martensi feeds on lettuce and on papaya in gardens in Hawaii, and is considered to be a pest.[2]


  1. ^ Simroth H. (1893). "Ueber einige Parmarion-Arten". Pages 100–110. pl. 7-8. In: Weber M. (ed.) Zoologische Ergebnisse einer Reise in Niederländisch Ost-Indien heraus-gegeben von Dr. Max Weber. Volume 2. E. J. Brill. Leiden.
  2. ^ a b c d Hollingsworth et al. (2007). "Distribution of Parmarion cf. martensi (Pulmonata: Helicarionidae), a New Semi-Slug Pest on Hawai‘i Island, and Its Potential as a Vector for Human Angiostrongyliasis". Pacific Science 61(4): 457-467. doi:10.2984/1534-6188(2007)61[457:DOPCMP]2.0.CO;2.
  3. ^ 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.

Further reading[edit]

  • Minato H. (1975). "A new record of Parmarion martensi from Ishigaki Island, the Southern Ryukyus, Japan". Venus 34(3-4): 109-111.
  • Minato H. & Okubo K. (1991). "A record of Parmarion martensi Simroth, 1893 (Pulmonata: Helicarionidae) collected from Taiwan". The Chiribotan 22: 3-4.

External links[edit]