Biological invaders in inland waters: Profiles, distribution, and threats

Edited by Francesca Gherardi 
Springer  2007  

Hardcover  734 pp  ISBN 9781402060281      £153.00
As predicted by Charles Elton in 1958, today invasive species have come to dominate 3% of the Earth€s ice-free surface, constituting one of the most serious ecological and economic threats of the new millennium. In spite of any prevention effort, the number of invasive species is expected to increase in the next years as an inevitable consequence of both the augmented complexity of international trade and the deregulation of national and international markets. New pathways have been opened and the movement of non-indigenous species along them has been facilitated.

Since the 1980s, studies of non-indigenous species have expanded greatly as a reflection of the rise in popularity that the discipline of invasion biology has gained among ecologists. However, the number of published articles is biased towards terrestrial invaders; invasive events occurring in freshwater systems have been most often neglected or analyzed only in a few regional contexts or for a small number of paradigmatic species. Yet freshwater systems, whose value to humankind is obviously priceless, are particularly vulnerable to non-indigenous species as a direct consequence of the intensity with which humans utilize fresh waters for recreation, food sources, and commerce.

The book examines the identity, distribution, and impact of freshwater non-indigenous species and the dynamics of their invasion. Rather than providing a broad and comprehensive review of the issue, Biological invaders in inland waters focuses on old and new invaders and also raises questions and opens perspectives that provide a starting point for further research. The ultimate purpose of this book is to help define a more general framework for our knowledge of invasions in fresh waters. Such a framework will be indispensable to the planning of a science-based management program.

Written for: University researchers and students, managers; environmental organizations.


Biological invasions in inland waters: an overview

Distribution of invaders
Invasive crustaceans in European inland waters
Non-indigenous freshwater crabs in France: a new occurrence of a potamid near Nice
Status and ecosystem interactions of the invasive Louisianan red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkia in East Africa
Non-indigenous freshwater molluscs and their distribution in Italy
Non-indigenous animal species naturalized in Iberian inland
An overview of the natural history of non-indigenous amphibians and reptiles
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) in Asia: a review
Semiaquatic mammals introduced into Italy: case studies in biological invasion Invasions by plants in the inland waters and wetlands of Africa
Non-indigenous aquatic and semiaquatic plant species in France
Ecological traits of aquatic NIS invading Austrian fresh waters
Growth and reproduction of the goldfish Carassius auratus: a case study from Italy
Epigenetic context in the life history traits of the round goby, Neogobius melanostomus
Growth and life history traits of introduced pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) in Europe, and the relevance to its potential invasiveness
The biological flexibility of the pumpkinseed: a successful colonizer throughout Europe

Patterns and pathways of invasions
Marine vs freshwater invaders: is shipping the key vector for species introduction to Europe
Modeling biological invasions of inland waters
Biomonotony: definition and assessment for macroinvertebrates in European running waters
Genetics and invasion biology in fresh waters: a pilot study of Procambarus clarkia in Europe
Do estuaries act as saline bridges to allow invasion of new freshwater systems by non-indigenous fish speciaes
Which factors determine non-indigenous fish dispersa? A study of the red piranha in tropical Brazilian lakes
The relationship between biodiversity and invisibility in central Swedish lakes invaded by Elodea species.

Impact of invaders
Measuring the impact of freshwater NIS: what are we missing
Invasion of then Baltic Sea basin by the Ponto-Caspian amphipod Pontogammarus and its ecological impact
Changes in the aquatic systems of north-eastern Europe after invasion by Gmelinoides fasciatus
The predatory impact of Dikerogammarus villosus on fish
Understanding the impact of invasive crayfish
Predation of invasive crayfish on aquatice vertebrates: the effect of Procumbarus clarkia on fish assemblages in Mediterranean temporary streams
Assessing the trophic ecology of crayfish: a case study of the invasive Procumbarus clarkia
Introduction and spread of crayfish (Parastadacidae) in Western Australia and their potential to displace indigenous species
The zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha: reproduction and competition with the sponge Ephydatia fluviatilis
Seasonal effects on the antioxidant response and metal accumulation ofDreissena polymorpha

Managing invasions
Towards a European strategy to halt biological invasions in inland waters
A risk assessment of biological invasions in the inland waterways of Europe: the northern invasion corridor case study
Logistics of shipboard and dockside testing of ballast water treatment systems in the United States
Virtues and shortcomings of EU legal provisions for managing NIS: Rana catesbeiana and Trachymys scripta elegans as case studies
Problems and opportunities managing invasive Bullfrogs: is there any hope?

Concluding remarks
A role for scientists
General keywords
Families, Orders
Geographical names
Taxa common names
Species index

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