Terrestrial (land-dwelling) Invasive Invertebrates are animals that lack a vertebral column (backbone). Insects are the most common invasive terrestrial invertebrate, but it also includes other arthropods, molluscs (such as snails and slugs), and nematodes (roundworms).
- Govorushko, S.M. Natural Processes and Human Impacts: Interactions between Humanity and the Environment. Springer, 2012.
- Hine, R. and E. Martin. 2015. “Invertebrate.” In: A Dictionary of Biology (7th ed). Oxford University Press.
Note: Our species profiles provide general information about species considered to be invasive. This is not a list of all invasive species, nor does our information have regulatory implications. The large numbers of invasive species prevent us from maintaining detailed information on ALL invasive species. In addition, determining the invasiveness of a species depends on a number of local factors, including type of habitat. Our species profiles are provided as an educational informational tool.
Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier (Ellis and Ellis 2008; Sheppard and Smith 2000)
Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, 1908 (ITIS; name is valid but unverified)
Amynthas spp. (CABI)
Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky, 1853) (ITIS)
Haemaphysalis longicornis Neumann, 1901 (ITIS)
Aedes albopictus (Skuse, 1895) (ITIS)
Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) (Mally and Nuss 2010)
Halyomorpha halys Stål (ITIS)
Tetropium fuscum (Fabricius, 1787) (CABI)
Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Zimmermann et al. 2004)
Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood, 1919 (ITIS)
Anoplophora chinensis (Forster) (Haack et al. 2010)
Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus) (CABI)
Tomicus piniperda L. (CABI)
Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, 1888 (ITIS)
Rhagoletis cerasi L. (ITIS)
Lobesia botrana (Denis & Schiffermüller) (Gilligan et al. 2011)
Ips typographus L. (Cognato and Sun 2007)
Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick), formerly known as Cryptophlebia leucotreta (Gilligan et al. 2011)
Lymantria dispar asiatica Vnukovskij, Lymantria dispar japonica (Motschulsky), Lymantria albescens Hori and Umeno, Lymantria umbrosa (Butler), and Lymantria postalba Inoue (Djoumad et al. 2020)
Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, 1909 (ITIS)
Lissachatina fulica (Bowdich) (CABI)
Note: Achatina fulica was recently redesignated Lissachatina fulica, largely on the basis of Mead's (1961) observations (Naggs, 2002).
Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar) (Formerly known as Homalodisca coagulata) (Takiya et al. 2006)
Globodera rostochiensis (Wollenweber, 1923) (CABI)
Bipalium kewense Moseley, 1878 (ITIS)
Adelges tsugae (Annand) (Annand 1928)
Popillia japonica Newman, 1841 (ITIS)
Trogoderma granarium Everts, 1899 (ITIS)
Megacopta cribraria (F.) (Eger et al. 2010)
Epiphyas postvittana (Walker, 1863) (Brown et al. 2010)