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Invasive Species

Use the web resources provided to answer the questions and complete the table below.
Common
Name

Scientific
Name

Location
where it is
now a
problem

Original
habitat

What native
species in the
ecosystem
have been
impacted?

What
problems are
caused by this
invasive
species?

What has
been done to
try to correct
the issue?

Cane Toad

Bufo Marinus

Australia

Central and
South
America

Fresh Water
Crocodile and
many other
things they
try and eat
them.

A lot however
nothing has
been
successful.

Zebra Mussel

Dreissena
Polymorpha

Great Lakes
and many
other inland
lakes.

Asia

Fish
populations

The glands
on the
shoulders
that excrete
large
amounts of
poison when
eaten.
People not
cleaning their
boats after
leaving an
infested lake.

Lionfish

Pterois

Bahamas and Indian and


Coast of the
Pacific
Atlantic
Oceans.

Reefs fish
population

Divers
collecting
them.
Humans
eating them.

Wooly

Adelges

Eastern

Hemlock

Many of the
native fish
have been
killed off due
to the Lion
Fish.
The nutrients

Get people to
clean their
boats more
rigorously.

Biochemical

adelgid

Tsugae
(Annand)

United States
and Eastern
Canada.

Kudzu

Pueraria
Lobata

Southeast

The Orien

Trees

of the
hemlock
trees are
drained due
to the insect.

All plants
growing
around it.

Grows about
a foot a day.
Chokes other
vegetation
from
sunlights

Control
Agents.
Systemic
Chemical
which is
poured about
the base of
the tree.
Livestock or
chemical.

1. Why are invasive species such a concern?


They can destroy the sensitive ecosystem by making changes that dont agree with it.

2. How do invasive species affect the biodiversity of an ecosystem?


They kill of numbers of species and they flourish so as their numbers increase the balance of the
ecosystem is lost resulting in low biodiversity.
3. Using the internet, identify 5 other invasive species of concern and the location of the problems they
cause.
Burmese Python: Florida

Oriental Fruit Fly: Hawaii and Continental United States.


Tegu: Florida