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Invasive Species

Asian swamp eelNonindigenous species are ranked second only to habitat loss in the factors that threaten native biodiversity, however the geographic distribution of many of these organisms is poorly understood. As new taxa are introduced and the range of those previously established continues to increase, precise tracking of their status and distribution is imperative for decision making and resource management.

Current Research

dot icon Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program (NAS)

dot icon Ecophysiology of Non-Native Fishes

dot icon USGS Genetics Science in Invasive Species Research


dot icon Zebra and Quagga Mussel Distribution in U.S. Lakes

dot icon Zebra and Quagga Mussel Distribution Progression Map

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dot icon Realtime Nonindigenous Species Maps:
      Asian Swamp Eel, Asian Tiger Shrimp, Lionfish,
      New Zealand Mudsnail, Northern Snakehead,
      Round Goby, Quagga Mussel, Zebra Mussel

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dot icon Fish Slam 2014

dot icon Asian Swamp Eel FAQs
     Comparison with Native Species

dot icon Zebra Mussel FAQs

dot icon Dreissena Species FAQs, A Closer Look

dot icon Student Questions Concerning Zebra Mussels

dot icon Snakeheads, Aquatic Invaders

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    Contact information:
    Gainesville Lab
    7920 NW 71st Street
    Gainesville, FL 32653
    Tel: 352-378-8181
    Fax: 352-378-4956

Recent Publications

Fuller, P.L. 2015. Vectors of invasions in fishes and freshwater macro-invertebrates. Pp. 88-115 In J.C. Clode (ed). Biological Invasions in Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems: Ecological Impacts, Predictions and Management. Versita, Warsaw, Poland. [Journal Abstract]
Fuller, P.L. and M.E. Neilson. 2015. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: over thirty years of tracking introduced aquatic species in the United States (and counting). Management of Biological Invasions 6(2):159-170. [Journal Abstract]
McCleery, R. A., Sovie, A., Reed, R. N., Cunningham, M. W., Hunter, M. E., & Hart, K. M. (2015). Marsh rabbit mortalities tie pythons to the precipitous decline of mammals in the Everglades. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 282(1805), 20150120. [Journal Abstract]
Smith BJ, Rochford MR, Brien M, Cherkiss MS, Mazzotti FJ, Snow S, Hart KM. (2015). Largest Breeding Aggregation of Brumese Pythons and Implication for Potential Development of a Control Tool. ICRF Amphibians and Reptiles 22(1):16-19.
Butterfield, J. S., Díaz-Ferguson, E., Silliman, B. R., Saunders, J. W., Buddo, D., Mignucci-Giannoni, A. A., Searle, L., Allen, A. C., Hunter, M. E. (2015). Wide-ranging phylogeographic structure of invasive red lionfish in the Western Atlantic and Greater Caribbean. Marine Biology, 1-9. [Journal Abstract]
Nico, L. G., Englund, R. A., & Jelks, H. L. (2015). Evaluating the piscicide rotenone as an option for eradication of invasive Mozambique tilapia in a Hawaiian brackish-water wetland complex. (in press) [Journal Abstract]
Caroline S Rogers, Demian A Willette, and Jeff Miller. 2014. Rapidly spreading seagrass invades the Caribbean with unknown ecological consequences. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 546–547. [Journal Article]
Bernal, NA, DL DeAngelis, PJ Schofield, and KS Sealey. 2014. Predicting spatial and temporal distribution of Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans) in Biscayne Bay through habitat suitability modeling. Biological Invasions 1-12. [Journal Abstract]
Scyphers, S.B., S.P. Powers, J.L. Akins, J.M. Drymon, C.W. Martin, Z.H. Schobernd, P.J. Schofield, R.L. Shipp and T.S. Switzer. 2014. The role of citizens in detecting and responding to a rapid marine invasion. Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12127 [Journal Abstract]
Hunter, M. E., & Nico, L. G. (2014). Genetic analysis of invasive Asian Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) in the Mississippi River Basin: evidence for multiple introductions. Biological Invasions, 1-16. [Journal Abstract]

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