Thursday, March 01, 2007

New Arrivals

Sorry about the lack of posts, I've been really busy lately. Turns out invasive species have been busy lately too, in the US anyway:

  • Gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) in Arizona
  • The Yellow anaconda has made an appearance in Florida (Eunectes notaeus) - Look out J.Lo!!!
  • The bamboo worm (Clymenella torquata), a marine polychaete native to the east coast, has been found established in Washington state. It has previously been found in the UK as well.
  • Washington also welcomed reed manna grass (Glyceria maxima). Well, not so much welcomed as targeted for attack later this year :-).
  • The titan acorn barnacle (Megabalanus coccopoma) was discovered for the first time in North Carolina. It appears to be an established population. "Titan acorn"...isn't that an oxymoron?
  • Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) was reported from a lake in Indiana where it has apparently been established for several years. I think that is by far the furthest inland we've seen that aquatic plant...yikes!

Puerto Rico has got it goin' on again too:

New Arrivals is brought to you courtesy of the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Alert System.

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