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The lionfish (Pterois volitans) are coral reef fishes from the tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. Now found in the western Atlantic Ocean, the most probable explanation for their arrival is via the aquarium trade. The lionfish is a nocturnal species and moves to deeper waters at night to forage. The species […]

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The lionfish is a native of the Indo-Pacific region and the Red Sea and is popular in aquariums. The most accepted theory of their introduction into the Atlantic is from intentional and unintentional release from Aquariums and hobbyists in Florida and North Carolina. Released fish reproduced rapidly, spreading south to Florida then to The Bahamas.

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Red palm mite, Raoiella indica Hirst (acari: Tenuipalpidae) is a pest of coconut, areca palm and date palm in the Eastern Hemisphere – Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Mauritius, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan. They can be distinguished from spider mites by their red colour, long spatulate setae (hairs) and flattened bodies. Transport of infested plants […]

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Across the Region, many islands are undergoing multiple projects to restore their smaller islands, plant life or animal life. The Caribbean has made great strides against the eradication of invasives species or at least lowering their numbers. The Bahamas Project is geared towards improving procedures and systems that would make the climate more durable and […]

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Spathodea campanulata P. Beauv known as Nandi flame, Nile flame or tulip tree originated from parts of Africa. It was introduced for the purpose of bee foraging, medicine, carving, and fuelwood. This plant likes to invade riparian areas, forest edges/gaps, disturbed land, and roadsides. S.campanulata P. Beauv reduces biodiversity and displaces many native plants due […]

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Terminalia catappa L. known as Indian almond, bastard almond, Malabar almond, Malay almond, and sea almond originated from Australia, India, and parts of Asia.  It was introduced as an edible fruit, ornament, and fuelwood. This plant likes to invade urban open space, coastal forest, forest edges/gaps, and disturbed areas. Terminalia catappa L. is a host […]

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The Invasive Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) is Threatening the Endangered Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima): Brief Report of the Situation in the French West Indies The Lesser Antillean Iguana (LAI) (Iguana delicatissima, Photo 1) is listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of threatened species (IUCN, 2010). This iguana species originating from the northern […]

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Tradescantia zebrina Bosse known as inch plant, wandering Jew and striped wandering Jew originated from Mexico.  It was introduced as an ornament.  This plant has been known to invade forest edges, roadsides, savannahs, and coastal scrub. T. zebrina Bosse can form dense monospecific stands, displacing native animals and plants. Source: Read more about Tradescantia zebrina […]

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This highly invasive weed is native to North and South America. It is widespread throughout the tropics causing serious economic impact to crop production. It also has reportedly caused loss of livestock and even death in humans. In Queensland, Australia, losses to the cattle industry due to Parthenium has been estimated to be Au$ 16 […]

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