NAS Graphs and Charts: All Introduced Aquatic Species in the US



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The graph shows the cumulative number of species that have been introduced up until the last year listed.
up to present: 1306 species up to 2000: 1109 species up to 1950: 415 species up to 1900: 175 species up to present: 1306 species up to 2000: 1109 species up to 1950: 415 species up to 1900: 175 species Introduced Species in United States
This graph shows the percentage of species that are native transplants (native to a portion of the US but moved to a non-native area in the US) and exotic transplants (not native to the US).
Exotic to US: 662 species Exotic to US: 662 species Native Transplants: 587 species Native Transplants: 587 species Hybrid: 47 species Hybrid: 47 species Cryptogenic: 8 species Cryptogenic: 8 species Unknown: 4 species Unknown: 4 species Introduced Species in United States
This graph shows the proportion of species that have been introduced into the United States that belong to various taxonomic groups.
Fishes: 591 species Fishes: 591 species Plants: 240 species Plants: 240 species Marine Fishes: 139 species Marine Fishes: 139 species Amphibians-Frogs: 50 species Amphibians-Frogs: 50 species Reptiles-Turtles: 47 species Reptiles-Turtles: 47 species Mollusks-Gastropods: 41 species Mollusks-Gastropods: 41 species Crustaceans-Copepods: 30 species Crustaceans-Copepods: 30 species Crustaceans-Crayfish: 28 species Crustaceans-Crayfish: 28 species Mollusks-Bivalves: 28 species Mollusks-Bivalves: 28 species Amphibians-Salamanders: 17 species Amphibians-Salamanders: 17 species Crustaceans-Shrimp: 15 species Crustaceans-Shrimp: 15 species Reptiles-Snakes: 13 species Reptiles-Snakes: 13 species Crustaceans-Cladocerans: 9 species Crustaceans-Cladocerans: 9 species Reptiles-Crocodilians: 8 species Reptiles-Crocodilians: 8 species Crustaceans-Crabs: 8 species Crustaceans-Crabs: 8 species Crustaceans-Amphipods: 8 species Crustaceans-Amphipods: 8 species Mammals: 6 species Mammals: 6 species Crustaceans-Isopods: 4 species Crustaceans-Isopods: 4 species Bryozoans: 4 species Bryozoans: 4 species Coelenterates-Hydrozoans: 3 species Coelenterates-Hydrozoans: 3 species Crustaceans-Mysids: 3 species Crustaceans-Mysids: 3 species Algae: 2 species Algae: 2 species Mollusks-Cephalopods: 2 species Mollusks-Cephalopods: 2 species Rotifers: 2 species Rotifers: 2 species Reptiles-Lizards: 1 species Reptiles-Lizards: 1 species Platyhelminthes: 1 species Platyhelminthes: 1 species Amphibians-Caecilians: 1 species Amphibians-Caecilians: 1 species Coelenterates-Scyphozoan: 1 species Coelenterates-Scyphozoan: 1 species Annelids-Hirundinea: 1 species Annelids-Hirundinea: 1 species Annelids-Oligochaetes: 1 species Annelids-Oligochaetes: 1 species Entoprocts: 1 species Entoprocts: 1 species Crustaceans-Barnacles: 1 species Crustaceans-Barnacles: 1 species Groups Introduced into United States
Each category represents a combination of a species introduced via a pathway. A single species can be introduced by more than one pathway and may therefore be counted more than once.
unknown: 409 species unknown: 409 species stocked: 337 species stocked: 337 species aquarium release: 311 species aquarium release: 311 species hitch hiker: 253 species hitch hiker: 253 species bait release: 214 species bait release: 214 species dispersed: 201 species dispersed: 201 species canal: 123 species canal: 123 species aquaculture: 114 species aquaculture: 114 species shipping: 109 species shipping: 109 species pet release: 90 species pet release: 90 species escaped captivity: 75 species escaped captivity: 75 species planted: 73 species planted: 73 species released: 71 species released: 71 species hybridized: 18 species hybridized: 18 species released lab animals: 8 species released lab animals: 8 species other: 7 species other: 7 species Introduction Pathways
This graph shows the cumulative number of species introduced in 50-year increments. The bars are further divided to show those that are native transplants (native to a portion of the US but moved to a non-native area in the US) and exotic transplants (not native to the US).
up to present & Unknown: 4 species up to present & Cryptogenic: 8 species up to present & Hybrid: 47 species up to present & Exotic to US: 662 species up to present & Native Transplants: 587 species up to 2000 & Unknown: 4 species up to 2000 & Cryptogenic: 5 species up to 2000 & Hybrid: 39 species up to 2000 & Exotic to US: 530 species up to 2000 & Native Transplants: 532 species up to 1950 & Unknown: 0 species up to 1950 & Cryptogenic: 1 species up to 1950 & Hybrid: 3 species up to 1950 & Exotic to US: 171 species up to 1950 & Native Transplants: 241 species up to 1900 & Unknown: 0 species up to 1900 & Cryptogenic: 1 species up to 1900 & Hybrid: 1 species up to 1900 & Exotic to US: 78 species up to 1900 & Native Transplants: 95 species Native/Exotic Introductions over time
This analysis includes all species introduced into either freshwater or marine areas, including those that did not become established. Estuarine species are included as marine.
Freshwater: 1209 species Freshwater: 1209 species Marine: 168 species Marine: 168 species Brackish: 105 species Brackish: 105 species Marine Vs Freshwater Of Introduce times in United States
This graph is based on all taxa introduced into the region or states at any time. They include species that did not become established.
up to present & Marine: 105 species up to present & Brackish: 168 species up to present & Freshwater: 1209 species up to 2000 & Marine: 55 species up to 2000 & Brackish: 107 species up to 2000 & Freshwater: 1049 species up to 1950 & Marine: 10 species up to 1950 & Brackish: 22 species up to 1950 & Freshwater: 398 species up to 1900 & Marine: 3 species up to 1900 & Brackish: 5 species up to 1900 & Freshwater: 172 species Freshwater/Marine Introductions over time
This graph represents all species and all pathways and includes species that did not become established.
North America: 595 species North America: 595 species Asia: 180 species Asia: 180 species South America: 145 species South America: 145 species Eurasia: 81 species Eurasia: 81 species Indo-Pacific: 77 species Indo-Pacific: 77 species Africa: 58 species Africa: 58 species Europe: 31 species Europe: 31 species North and Central America: 31 species North and Central America: 31 species South and Central America: 28 species South and Central America: 28 species Central America: 20 species Central America: 20 species Australia: 18 species Australia: 18 species Unknown: 17 species Unknown: 17 species Caribbean: 9 species Caribbean: 9 species Europe and Africa: 8 species Europe and Africa: 8 species AustralAsia: 3 species AustralAsia: 3 species Northwest Pacific: 3 species Northwest Pacific: 3 species Pacific Ocean: 3 species Pacific Ocean: 3 species Southwest Pacific: 2 species Southwest Pacific: 2 species North and South America: 1 species North and South America: 1 species Asia and Africa: 1 species Asia and Africa: 1 species Origin of Introduced Species in United States

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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2022]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [6/28/2022].

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