Describes databases available online related to invasive aquatic species. See Resource Library - Databases for general resources, other species, expertise, and geographic based information.
Database: Assessing the Global Threat of Invasive Species to Marine Biodiversity (scroll to download database in MS Access, or download a table of number of invasive species by ecoregion in MS Excel)
Host: The Nature Conservancy, ConserveOnline
Scope: The global database contains information on over 330 marine invasive species, including non-native distributions by marine ecoregion, invasion pathways, and ecological impact and other threat scores. This is an ongoing project and the database will be updated periodically.
Database: Baltic Sea Alien Species Database
Host: Coastal Research and Planning Institute, Klaipeda University, Lithuania
Scope: Marine invertebrates, algae, plants, and fishes in the Baltic Sea region.
Aquatic Non-native Organism Database (CANOD) (scroll down to view)
Host: California Department of Fish and Game, Marine
Invasive Species Program
Scope: CANOD was developed to record baseline information
about NAS on the California coast. It continues to be a tool to help
monitor new introductions and to understand the patterns associated
with these introductions. The database contains every known marine
and estuarine aquatic non-native species on the California coast. Includes
information about the pathway of introduction (e.g. ballast water,
intentional introduction), date of introduction, locations observed,
native region of each species and other associated data.
on Introductions of Aquatic Species (DIAS)
Host: Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations, Fisheries
Global Information System
Scope: DIAS contains records of aquatic species introduced or transferred from one country to another.
Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS)
Host: DOC, NOAA Great
Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Scope: The present database targets nonindigenous aquatic species that are not considered to have been native to any part of the Great Lakes basin. GLANSIS functions as a Great Lakes specific node of the USGS NAS national database.
Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN)
Scope: MISIN is a regional data aggregation
effort to develop and provide an early detection and
rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species
in the Midwest. The goal of this regional resource
is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in
the detection and identification of invasive species
in support of the successful management of invasive
species. We offer reporting through our website, mobile
reporting through our smartphone app, e-mail alerts,
mapsOnDemand, training modules, and fact sheets. Users
can also view distribution data by date, contributor,
species, county, or state.
Database: National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC)
Host: Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Scope: Joint program with U.S. Coast Guard. The clearinghouse will function as a central source of information on ballast water and ballast-mediated invasion to include: 1) Spatial and temporal patterns of ballast water delivery and management; 2) Patterns and rates of marine and estuarine invasions; 3) Directory of ongoing and past research on ballast water and ballast-mediated invasions; 4) General information on a broad range of topics relevant to this issue.
Database: National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System (NEMESIS)
Host: Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.
Scope: NEMESIS is a resource for information on non-native, or exotic, species that occur in coastal marine waters of the United States. NEMESIS provides summaries for approximately 500 non-native coastal species including when, where and how these species invaded and key information on their biology and ecology. NEMESIS provides access to data on non-native species in the Chesapeake Bay.
Aquatic Species (NAS) Database
Host:DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Scope: Serves as a central
repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts
of nonindigenous aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates. Provided are scientific reports,
online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists,
and general information for aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates occurring outside of their native range. The geographical coverage is the United
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Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS)
Host: University of Florida, IFAS,
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants with significant
support from Bureau of Invasive Plant Management,
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Aquatic Plant Control Research Program, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers
Scope: This resource is devoted to freshwater aquatic
and wetland plants, as well as terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants.
The database includes annotated citations for more than 85,000 research
articles, books and reports about plant ecology, physiology, utilization
and control. Items in many languages dating back to the 18th century
are in this inclusive database.
Plant Information System Online (APIS)
Host: U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental
Scope: APIS contains information for approximately 75 aquatic, wetland and terrestrial plants as well as information on ecology, biology, systematics, identification, and environmentally compatible management techniques.
of Florida Vascular Plants
Host: University of South
Florida, Institute for Systematic Botany
Scope: The Atlas of Florida
Vascular Plants is a joint effort by the Institute
for Systematic Botany, the University of South Florida
and the Florida Center for Community Design + Research
to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database
of vascular plants in the State of Florida. Data includes
county by county distribution documented by herbarium
specimens and complete nomenclature for all Florida
of North America Program (BONAP)
Host: North Carolina Botanical
Garden; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Scope: The program's goal is to develop a unified
digital system for assessing the North American biota through the maintenance
of the taxonomic, nomenclatural, and biogeographic data for all members
of the biota. The BONAP
now includes data for all vascular plants and vertebrate species (native,
naturalized, and adventive) of the United States and Canada. In Jan
2010, BONAP released its North
American Plant Atlas; county-level atlas for contiguous 48
Plant Atlas of the United States
of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem
Health (collaborative project with the Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant
Scope: Database of information about plants that
invade natural areas in the U.S. (including
Hawaii). It is intended as an informational and educational tool and
is compiled from a wide variety of sources including published and
unpublished lists, reports, surveys, and personal observations from
experts in the field. Sources include the National Park Service, other
federal, state and local agencies, Exotic Pest Plant Councils, Invasive
Species Councils and related organizations, The Nature Conservancy,
and others. See more information About
the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States (formerly known as
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Database: 100th Meridian Initiative
Host: University of Texas-Arlington
Scope: Cooperative effort between state, provincial, and federal agencies to prevent the westward spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America.
Database: Atlas of Exotic Species in the Mediterranean Sea
Host: International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea (CIESM)
Scope: Provides a comprehensive, group by group, survey of recent marine 'immigrants' in the Mediterranean, which is undergoing drastic and rapid changes to its biota. Includes Crustacean decapods and stomatopods, Fishes, and Molluscs.
Database: Database on Introductions of Aquatic
Host: Food & Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations
Scope: The FAO database on introductions of aquatic species was initiated by R. Welcomme in the early 1980's. It considered primarily only freshwater species of fish and formed the basis for the 1988 FAO Fisheries Technical Paper no. 294. The database has been expanded to include additional taxa, such as molluscs and crustaceans, and marine species. In the mid 1990's a questionnaire was sent to national experts to gather additional information on introductions and transfers of aquatic species in their countries. The database, which contains now about 3,150 records, can be queried through the Search Form.
Database: FishBase: A Global Information System on Fishes
Host: FishBase was developed at the WorldFish
Center in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and many other partners, and with support from the European Commission (EC).
Scope: FishBase is a relational database with fish information to cater to different professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists and many more. FishBase on the web contains practically all fish species known to science.
Database: Marine Invader Tracking Information System (MITIS)
Host: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources
Scope: Contains information and monitoring data on marine invasive species in the northeast United States.
Grant National Aquatic Nuisance Species Database
Host: New York Sea Grant ; Cornell University
Scope: Home of North America's most extensive technical library of publications related to the spread, biology, impacts and control of zebra mussels and other important aquatic nuisance, non-indigenous and invasive species.
Note: Due to cutbacks, no new publications will be added.
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