Cornu aspersum

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Cornu aspersum (Müller, 1774) - (brown garden snail)

This snail is native to the Mediterranean region and invasive in Hawai'i, South Africa, parts of the Pacific and some other regions. It attacks fruit trees and various other crops and can transmit the mold fungus Botrytis cinerea. During the day it may rest on the trunk of fruit trees, feeding mainly on the shoots during the might. The feeding damage can reduce growth of the crops and result in yield losses. During dry periods or other unfavourable conditions, it can hibernate in the soil, sealing off its shell. The shell grows up to a diameter of 25-40 mm.

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