Megalobulimus oblongus

Family

Megabulimidae

Species

Megalobulimus oblongus (Muller, 1774)

Common Name

Giant South American snail

Description

The shell of this species will vary in color from brown, to tan, to pinkish. There are no color markings on the shell. It may grow as high as 70-100 mm, with 5.5-6 whorls. The apertural (mouth) lip in adults of this species is pink. The umbilicus (navel) is covered by the columella ( lip of mouth). This species is very similar in appearance to the giant African snails; however, obvious differences include:

  • The whorl just above the body whorl has a characteristic bulge.
  • The body of the animal has a softer, gelatinous texture, when compared to the more leathery feeling of the acahtinids.
  • They produce less slime.

Native Range

South America

Distribution

Caribbean: Barbados, Jamaica

South America: Uraguay, Brazil, Argentina

Synonyms

  • Strophocheilus oblongus

References

Abbott 1989; Rosenberg and Muratov 2006

Posted on 09 - 02 - 11