Invasive Species Compendium

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Interbasin transfers (pathway cause)



Interbasin transfers (pathway cause)


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  • Pathway Cause
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Interbasin transfers (pathway cause)
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Interbasin transfers (pathway cause)

Species Transported by Cause

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SpeciesNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Alburnus alburnus (bleak) Yes Welcomme, 1988
Ameiurus melas (black bullhead) Yes Yes
Ameiurus nebulosus (brown bullhead) Yes
Anguillicoloides crassusTransfers of eels by man Yes Yes
Aphanomyces astaci Yes Yes Oidtmann et al., 2005
Carassius gibelio (Prussian carp) Yes Yes
Channa argus argus (northern snakehead) Yes Yes Courtenay and Williams, 2004
Channa marulius (bullseye snakehead) Yes Yes Courtenay and Williams, 2004; Froese and Pauly, 2009
Chelicorophium curvispinum (Caspian mud shrimp) Yes Yes Jazdzewski and Konopacka, 2002; Vaate et al., 2002
Cichla ocellaris (peacock cichlid)The species has naturally dispersed following introduction in Florida, Panama and Brazil Yes Espínola et al., 2015; Welcomme, 1988; Zaret and Paine, 1973
Corbula amurensis (Amur River clam)Coastal areas in Northwest Pacific between 22-53 N are all possible Yes Carlton et al., 1990
Coregonus albula (vendace) Yes
Crassostrea virginica (eastern oyster) Yes
Crassula helmsii (Australian swamp stonecrop) Yes CAPM-CEH, 2004
Crepidula fornicata (American slipper limpet)Regular practices of shellfish farmers. Yes Blanchard, 1995
Deparia petersenii subsp. petersenii (Petersen’s lady fern)Downstream spread of vegetative propagules and spores is possible. Yes Yes
Dikerogammarus villosus (killer shrimp) Yes Yes Jazdzewski and Konopacka, 2002; Vaate et al., 2002
Dreissena rostriformis bugensis (quagga mussel)Shipping though interbasin canals and overland transportations of recreational boats/fishing gear Yes Yes Orlova et al., 2004; Welcomme, 1988; Wong and Gerstenberger, 2011
Eriocheir sinensis (Chinese mitten crab)As larvae in ballast water Yes Yes
Gammarus tigrinusMainly in ship ballast waters Yes Yes Grigorovich et al., 2005; Grigorovich et al., 2008; Kotta et al., 2013; Kotta et al., 2014
Halophila stipulacea (halophila seagrass)Accidental Yes Welcomme, 1988
Herichthys cyanoguttatus (Rio Grande cichlid)Occurred in Texas between 1928 and 1943 Yes Nico et al., 2015
Hydrocharis morsus-ranae Yes Yes USGS-NAS, 2002
Hygrophila polysperma (Indian swampweed) Yes FNW Disseminules, 2007
Hymenachne amplexicaulis (hymenachne)Potentially through waterfowl Yes Australian Weeds Committee, 2012
Ictalurus punctatus (channel catfish) Yes Yes
Lates niloticus (Nile perch) Yes Yes Pringle, 2005
Lemna perpusilla (duckweed)A. Mikulyuk, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, USA, personal communcation, 2010 Yes
Lepomis cyanellus (green sunfish)Expanded its range to several US states Yes Yes USGS, 2013
Leuciscus leuciscus (common dace) Yes
Ludwigia grandiflora (water primrose) Yes Okada et al., 2009; Ruaux et al., 2009
Ludwigia peploides (water primrose) Yes Ruaux et al., 2009
Microcosmus squamigerOn ship hulls Yes Godwin, 2003
Micropterus dolomieu (smallmouth bass) Yes Yes
Micropterus salmoides (largemouth bass) Yes
Myriophyllum spicatum (spiked watermilfoil) Yes Yes
Myxobolus cerebralis (whirling disease agent)Stocking of subclincally infected fish Yes Yes Bartholomew and Reno, 2002
Neogobius melanostomus (round goby) Yes Jude et al., 1992
Oryza barthiiAssumed Yes
Phoxinus phoxinus (European minnow) Yes
Phragmites australis (common reed) Yes
Pinctada imbricata radiata (rayed pearl oyster) Yes Zenetos et al., 2004b
Pontogammarus robustoides Yes Yes Grabowski, 2002
Portunus segnis Yes Yes Galil, 2011
Pseudodiaptomus marinusAccidental, often in ballast waters Yes Yes Brylinski et al., 2012
Pseudorasbora parva (topmouth gudgeon) Yes Yes Copp et al., 2005a
Rapana venosa (veined rapana whelk) Yes ICES, 2004
Salvinia auriculata (giant salvinia) Yes ISSG, 2009
Sander lucioperca (pike-perch) Yes Yes
Schizoporella japonica (orange ripple bryozoan)On vessels hulls Yes Yes Ryland et al., 2014
Silurus asotus (Amur catfish) Yes Yes Manchin and Dgebuadze, 2010
Sorghum halepense (Johnson grass) Yes Yes
Squalius cephalus (European chub) Yes
Trapa natans (waterchestnut) Yes GBIF, 2008
Typha domingensis (southern cattail)Achenes and rhizomes disperse with water currents. Yes Grace and Harrison, 1986; Parsons and Cuthbertson, 1992
Typha x glauca (hybrid cattail)Masses of fruits and hairs or rhizome fragments disperse with water currents Yes Grace and Harrison, 1986; Parsons and Cuthbertson, 1992