EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 02 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/036

Update on the situation of Pomacea sp. in Spain

The NPPO of Spain recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that the outbreak of Pomacea sp. (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae– EPPO A2 List) detected in the province of Girona (Cataluña) in 2015 (EPPO RS 2016/203) was officially declared eradicated in January 2020. Pomacea maculata (EPPO A2 List) was first found in Spain in July 2010 in the Ebro delta, in the province of Tarragona (Cataluña) (EPPO RS 2012/039). Another outbreak was found in August 2015 in a rice plot (2.9 ha) located in the zone of Pals, province of Girona (Cataluña): ten egg masses and three adult snails of Pomacea sp. were detected. Eradication measures were immediately applied in the plot. Intensive surveys were carried out in all the rice plots of this zone, and no Pomacea sp. have been detected since September 2015. Phytosanitary measures are ongoing in the province of Tarragona.

The pest status of Pomacea sp. in Spain is officially declared as: Present, under eradication, only in some parts of the Member State concerned.


NPPO of Spain (2020-01).