Invasion Note

Biological Invasions

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 981-985

The 100th of the world’s worst invasive alien species

  • Gloria M. LuqueAffiliated withEcologie, Systématique et Evolution, UMR CNRS 8079, Univ Paris-Sud Email author 
  • , Céline BellardAffiliated withEcologie, Systématique et Evolution, UMR CNRS 8079, Univ Paris-Sud
  • , Cleo BertelsmeierAffiliated withEcologie, Systématique et Evolution, UMR CNRS 8079, Univ Paris-Sud
  • , Elsa BonnaudAffiliated withEcologie, Systématique et Evolution, UMR CNRS 8079, Univ Paris-Sud
  • , Piero GenovesiAffiliated withChair IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group, Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
  • , Daniel SimberloffAffiliated withDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
  • , Franck CourchampAffiliated withEcologie, Systématique et Evolution, UMR CNRS 8079, Univ Paris-Sud

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Abstract

Biological invasions are among the greatest threats to global biodiversity, but in contrast to most other global threats, they suffer from specific communication issues. Our paper presents the first new addition to the widely cited IUCN list of “100 of the world’s worst invasive species”, a list created a decade ago in response to these communication issues. We briefly present this list, the recent removal of one species from that list, and the rationale to include a novel, 100th species to replace it. The new species of this list, giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta), was chosen by the community of invasion biologists (over 650 experts from over 60 countries). This new addition to the list will draw public attention to the damage caused by invasive alien species and it will help stimulate the necessary discussion of this critical issue in science and policy circles.

Keywords

Salvinia molesta Biological invasions ISSG