By Dr Colin Lawton, National University of Ireland Galway One of the greatest threats to biodiversity is the invasion of alien species into an ecosystem. These can occur through natural migrations as a result of recent habitat or climate change, or species can be introduced by human activities, both accidentally or deliberately. Invasions are occurring […]

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(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF FOX NEWS) Alligator fights python on Florida golf course By Jennifer Earl | Fox News Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email An alligator and a Burmese python engaged in a cold-blooded battle to the death last week in Florida. (iStock) An alligator and a Burmese python were locked in a cold-blooded […]

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Yasemin Saplakoglu (Live Science) writes that new hybrid pythons discovered in southern Florida could be stronger and more adaptable to their environment than their nonhybrid relatives. The curious pythons are, genetically speaking, mostly Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus). These snakes were first brought to Florida as exotic pets, and were introduced into the state’s wilderness in […]

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Capitol Public radio There Are Trillions Of Mysis Shrimp Living In The Depths Of Lake Tahoe. Here’s How They’re Impacting The Lake’s Clarity.Mysis shrimp, an invasive species introduced into Lake Tahoe in the early 1960s, have gobbled up the tiny creatures that help keep the lake clear. Can the shrimp population be controlled enough to […]

via TahoeLand: Trillions Of Tiny Invasive Shrimp Are Degrading Lake Tahoe’s Clarity. Now Researchers Are Trying To Stop Them. — Natural History Wanderings