The alien hotspots of Earth: Researchers reveal where invasive animal species are taking hold

Researchers have developed the first ever global analysis of established alien species.   Alien species – or invasive species – are those that become established outside their natural range in another location where they’ve historically not been found.

The study, conducted by an international team of researchers led by Durham University, studied data looking at eight groups including amphibians, ants, birds, freshwater fish, mammals, reptiles, spiders and vascular plants across 186 islands and 423 mainland regions.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

According to the new study, the top three hotspots with the highest numbers of established alien species were the Hawaiian islands, New Zealand’s North Island and the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. 

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