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South America

Provides selected South America resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • Study Confirms Invasive Lionfish Now Threaten Species Along Brazilian Coast

    • Jun 3, 2021
    • California Academy of Sciences.

    • Since arriving to the northern Atlantic Ocean less than 30 years ago, lionfish have quickly become one of the most widespread and voracious invasive species, negatively impacting marine ecosystems—particularly coral reefs—from the northeast coast of the United States to the Caribbean Islands. In a new study, an international research team including the California Academy of Sciences presents four new records of lionfish off the coast of Brazil, confirming the invasion of the predatory fish into the South Atlantic for the first time.

  • Galápagos Islands Have 10 Times More Alien Marine Species Than Once Thought

    • Mar 28, 2019
    • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

    • More than 50 non-native species have found their way to the Galápagos Islands, over 10 times more than scientists previously thought, reports a new study in Aquatic Invasions published Thursday, March 28. The study, a joint effort of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Williams College, and the Charles Darwin Foundation, documents 53 species of introduced marine animals in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the largest marine protected areas on Earth. Before this study came out, scientists knew about only five.

  • Continued Recovery of Pinzón Island: The Result of the Eradication of Black Rats in 2012

    • Jan 5, 2018
    • Galapagos Conservancy.

    • The restoration of Pinzón Island continues following the successful rat eradication campaign in December 2012, carried out by the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD), in collaboration with Island Conservation and The Raptor Center. In addition to the exciting news of natural recruitment of juvenile tortoises into the population, a potentially new endemic snail species has recently been discovered.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

Partnership
  • Brazil National Invasive Alien Species Database

    • Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN). I3N Invasive Species Network. Horus Institute for Environmental Conservation and Development.

  • Galapagos Invasive Species

    • Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk; Charles Darwin Foundation; Galapagos National Park; Ecuadorian Agricultural Health Service in Galapagos; Galapagos National Institute.

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