One the world's worst invasive species is the New Guinea flatworm, a double-pointed 2-inch-long worm that causes serious damage to bio diversity. And they've just made it to the U.S. This super flat worm is dark brown on top and pale gray on its underside with its mouth on its belly. It will climb trees to capture its prey – which are mostly snails. They can quickly devastate snail populations, thus hurting intricate ecosystems.
Because the worm feasts heavily on native mollusks, threatening their populations, the researchers write that “the newly reported presence of the species in mainland U.S. in Florida should be considered a potential major threat to the whole U.S. and even the Americas.”
Right now the New Guinea flatworm, also known as platydemus manokwari, is in Florida, probably brought here accidentally with plants, and eradicating it without hurting other species will be a challenge.
South Georgia Island (population 20), due east off the tip of South America, had no rodents until 18th-century sailing ships accidentally introduced them. After seven years of work, the island is now rodent-free, allowing native birds to recover.
In the 1860s, illustrator and idiot Leopold Trouvelot deliberately brought gypsy moths from France to America. Some outsmarted him and escaped, and they now cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage each year. This charming film tells the tale and explains our greatest and grossest hope for eradicating them: baculovirus.
Lion fish are a serious invasive threat along the southern Atlantic coast. Extremely aggressive, lion fish eat a lot of other fish. Fishery managers suggest we eat them! No Florida man joke, sorry.
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