Biological Invasions

, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp 1327–1331 | Cite as

On the establishment and range expansion of oriental weatherfish (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) in NE Iberian Peninsula

  • N. Franch
  • M. Clavero
  • M. Garrido
  • N. Gaya
  • V. López
  • Q. Pou-Rovira
  • J. M. Queral
Original Paper

Abstract

Oriental weatherfish has become an invasive fish species in many temperate areas. In this work we report the presence of an established weatherfish population in northeastern Iberian Peninsula and describe, for the first time in Europe, a clear range expansion. The species was first located in the Ebro River Delta in 2001 and has since been detected in 31 UTM 1 × 1 km quadrates. The capture of over 1,000 weatherfish shows that its population is composed by both juvenile and adult individuals. Weatherfish occupies mostly the web of irrigation channels associated with rice culture, although it has also been detected in rice fields and in the Ebro River. The expansion of the species in the area seems to be limited by water conductivity. An additional location for the species in the Ter basin (some 300 km to the north) suggests that inter-basin expansion could be occurring. This new fish invasion reinforces the need to implement strict controls to the trade and culture of ornamental fish.

Keywords

Invasive fish Ornamental fish Misgurnus Freshwater fish 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the kind help given by Dr. J. Freyhof for weatherfish identification.

References

  1. Benejam L, Benito J, Carol J, García-Berthou E (2007) On the spread of the European catfish (Silurus glanis) in the Iberian Peninsula: first record in the Llobregat river basin. Limnetica 26:169–171Google Scholar
  2. Bianco PG, Ketmaier V (2001) Anthropogenic changes in the freshwater fish fauna of Italy, with reference to the central region and Barbus graellsii, a newly established alien species of Iberian origin. J Fish Biol 59(Suppl. A):190–208CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Caiola N, de Sosota A (2002) First record of the Asiatic cyprinid Pseudorasbora parva in the Iberian Peninsula. J Fish Biol 61:1058–1060CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Clavero M, García-Berthou E (2005) Invasive species are a leading cause of animal extinctions. Trends Ecol Evol 20:110PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Clavero M, García-Berthou E (2006) Homogenization dynamics and introduction routes of invasive freshwater fish in the Iberian Peninsula. Ecol Appl 16:2313–2324PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Clavero M, Blanco-Garrido F, Prenda J (2006) Monitoring small fish populations in streams: a comparison of four passive methods. Fish Res 78:243–251CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Copp GH, Bianco PG, Bogutskaya N et al (2005) To be, or not to be, a non-native freshwater fish? J Appl Ichthyol 21:242–262CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Courtenay WR Jr (1999) Aquariums and water gardens as vectors of introduction. In: Claudi R, Leach JH (eds) Nonindigenous freshwater organisms: vectors, biology, and impacts. Lewis Publishers, Boca RatonGoogle Scholar
  9. Cowx IG (2002) Analysis of threats to freshwater fish conservation: past and present challenges. In: Collares-Pereira MJ, Cowx IG, Coelho MM (eds) Conservation of freshwater fishes: options for the future. Fishing News Books, Blackwell Science, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  10. Doadrio I (ed) (2002) Atlas y libro rojo de los peces continentales de España (Atlas and red book of Spanish freshwater fishes). Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Madrid (in Spanish)Google Scholar
  11. Dove ADM, Ernst I (1998) Concurrent invaders—four exotic species of Monogenea now established on exotic freshwater fishes in Australia. Int J Parasitol 28:1755–1764PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Franch N, Queral JM (2005) Informe sobre les introduccions d’espècies forànies al Delta (Report on non-native species introduccions in the Delta). Ero Delta Natural Parc. Technical report (in Catalan)Google Scholar
  13. Freyhof J, Korte E (2005) The first record of Misgurnus anguillicaudatus in Germany. J Fish Biol 66:568–571CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Froese R, Pauly D (2007) FishBase. http://www.fishbase.org (version 08/2007)
  15. García-Berthou E, Alcaraz C, Pou-Rovira Q et al (2005) Introduction pathways and establishment rates of invasive aquatic species in Europe. Can J Fish Aquat Sci 65:453–463CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Kottelat M, Freyhof J (2007) Handbook of European freshwater fishes. Publications Kottelat, Cornol, SwitzerlandGoogle Scholar
  17. Logan DJ, Bibles EL, Markle DF (1996) Recent collections of exotic aquarium fishes in the freshwaters of Oregon and thermal tolerance of oriental weatherfish and pirapatinga. Calif Fish Game 82:66–80Google Scholar
  18. Padilla DK, Williams SL (2004) Beyond ballast water: aquarium and ornamental trades as sources of invasive species in aquatic ecosystems. Front Ecol Environ 2:131–138CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Pimentel D, Lach L, Zuniga R, Morrison D (2000) Environmental and economic costs of nonindigenous species in the United States. BioScience 50:53–65CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Pou-Rovira Q, Clavero M, Zamora L (2007) Els peixos de les Gavarres i entorns (Fishes of the Gavarres mountains and its sorroundings). Biblioteca Lluís Esteva, vol 5. Consorci de les Gavarres, Monells, Girona, Spain (in Catalan)Google Scholar
  21. Queral JM (2001) Llistat actualitzat de les espècies de peixos del Delta (Revised checklist of fish species in the Delta). Soldó 17:12 (in Catalan)Google Scholar
  22. Queral JM (2002) Nova espècie de peix a les aigües deltaiques (A new fish species in the Delta). Soldó 18:3 (in Catalan)Google Scholar
  23. Razzetti E, Nardi PA, Strosselli S, Bernini F (2001) Prima segnalazione di Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842) in acque interne italiane (First citation of Misgurnus anguillicaudatus in Italian freshwaters). Ann Mus Civ Stor Nat Genova 93:559–563 (in Italian)Google Scholar
  24. Ribeiro F, Elvira B, Collares-Pereira MJ, Moyle PB (2008) Life-history traits of non-native fishes in Iberian watersheds across several invasion stages: a first approach. Biol Invasions 10:89–102CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Smith KG, Darwall WRT (compilers) (2006) The status and distribution of freshwater fish endemic to the Mediterranean Basin. IUCN, Gland, SwitzerlandGoogle Scholar
  26. Tabor RA, Warner E, Hager S (2001) An oriental weatherfish (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) population established in Washington state. Northwest Sci 75:72–76Google Scholar
  27. Vinyoles D, Robalo JI, de Sostoa A et al (2007) Spread of the alien bleak Alburnus alburnus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Actinopterygii, Cyprinidae) in the Iberian Peninsula: the role of reservoirs. Graellsia 63:101–110Google Scholar
  28. Vitousek PM, Mooney HA, Lubchenco J, Melillo JM (1997) Human domination of Earth’s ecosystems. Science 277:494–499CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Franch
    • 1
  • M. Clavero
    • 2
  • M. Garrido
    • 1
  • N. Gaya
    • 1
  • V. López
    • 1
  • Q. Pou-Rovira
    • 3
  • J. M. Queral
    • 1
  1. 1.Àrea de Protecció i RecercaParc Natural del Delta de l’EbreDeltebreSpain
  2. 2.Grup d’Ecologia del Paisatge, Àrea de BiodiversitatCentre Tecnològic Forestal de CatalunyaSolsonaSpain
  3. 3.Sorelló, estudis al medi aquàticGironaSpain

Personalised recommendations