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: 1228 species up to 2000: 1059 species up to 1950: 377 species up to 1900: 158 species up to present: 1228 species up to 2000: 1059 species up to 1950: 377 species up to 1900: 158 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: 608 species Exotic to US: 608 species Native Transplants: 572 species Native Transplants: 572 species Hybrid: 41 species Hybrid: 41 species Cryptogenic: 6 species Cryptogenic: 6 species Unknown: 3 species Unknown: 3 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: 584 species Fishes: 584 species Plants: 189 species Plants: 189 species Marine Fishes: 131 species Marine Fishes: 131 species Amphibians-Frogs: 48 species Amphibians-Frogs: 48 species Reptiles-Turtles: 45 species Reptiles-Turtles: 45 species Mollusks-Gastropods: 40 species Mollusks-Gastropods: 40 species Crustaceans-Copepods: 31 species Crustaceans-Copepods: 31 species Crustaceans-Crayfish: 28 species Crustaceans-Crayfish: 28 species Mollusks-Bivalves: 28 species Mollusks-Bivalves: 28 species Amphibians-Salamanders: 15 species Amphibians-Salamanders: 15 species Crustaceans-Shrimp: 14 species Crustaceans-Shrimp: 14 species Reptiles-Snakes: 12 species Reptiles-Snakes: 12 species Crustaceans-Cladocerans: 9 species Crustaceans-Cladocerans: 9 species Crustaceans-Crabs: 8 species Crustaceans-Crabs: 8 species Crustaceans-Amphipods: 8 species Crustaceans-Amphipods: 8 species Reptiles-Crocodilians: 7 species Reptiles-Crocodilians: 7 species Mammals: 6 species Mammals: 6 species Bryozoans: 4 species Bryozoans: 4 species Coelenterates-Hydrozoans: 3 species Coelenterates-Hydrozoans: 3 species Crustaceans-Isopods: 3 species Crustaceans-Isopods: 3 species Crustaceans-Mysids: 3 species Crustaceans-Mysids: 3 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 Entoprocts: 1 species Entoprocts: 1 species Coelenterates-Scyphozoan: 1 species Coelenterates-Scyphozoan: 1 species Crustaceans-Barnacles: 1 species Crustaceans-Barnacles: 1 species Annelids-Hirundinea: 1 species Annelids-Hirundinea: 1 species Annelids-Oligochaetes: 1 species Annelids-Oligochaetes: 1 species Birds: 1 species Birds: 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: 392 species unknown: 392 species stocked: 336 species stocked: 336 species aquarium release: 290 species aquarium release: 290 species hitch hiker: 236 species hitch hiker: 236 species bait release: 214 species bait release: 214 species dispersed: 148 species dispersed: 148 species canal: 121 species canal: 121 species shipping: 111 species shipping: 111 species aquaculture: 111 species aquaculture: 111 species pet release: 91 species pet release: 91 species escaped captivity: 73 species escaped captivity: 73 species released: 66 species released: 66 species planted: 50 species planted: 50 species hybridized: 14 species hybridized: 14 species released lab animals: 8 species released lab animals: 8 species other: 7 species other: 7 species accidental: 3 species accidental: 3 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: 3 species up to present & Cryptogenic: 6 species up to present & Hybrid: 41 species up to present & Exotic to US: 608 species up to present & Native Transplants: 572 species up to 2000 & Unknown: 3 species up to 2000 & Cryptogenic: 5 species up to 2000 & Hybrid: 38 species up to 2000 & Exotic to US: 487 species up to 2000 & Native Transplants: 527 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: 140 species up to 1950 & Native Transplants: 234 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: 65 species up to 1900 & Native Transplants: 91 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: 1140 species Freshwater: 1140 species Marine: 159 species Marine: 159 species Brackish: 98 species Brackish: 98 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: 98 species up to present & Brackish: 159 species up to present & Freshwater: 1140 species up to 2000 & Marine: 52 species up to 2000 & Brackish: 105 species up to 2000 & Freshwater: 1004 species up to 1950 & Marine: 9 species up to 1950 & Brackish: 22 species up to 1950 & Freshwater: 362 species up to 1900 & Marine: 3 species up to 1900 & Brackish: 5 species up to 1900 & Freshwater: 155 species Freshwater/Marine Introductions over time
This graph represents all species and all pathways and includes species that did not become established.
North America: 582 species North America: 582 species Asia: 172 species Asia: 172 species South America: 138 species South America: 138 species Indo-Pacific: 70 species Indo-Pacific: 70 species Eurasia: 64 species Eurasia: 64 species Africa: 55 species Africa: 55 species Europe: 28 species Europe: 28 species North and Central America: 27 species North and Central America: 27 species South and Central America: 26 species South and Central America: 26 species Central America: 18 species Central America: 18 species Australia: 12 species Australia: 12 species Caribbean: 10 species Caribbean: 10 species Unknown: 10 species Unknown: 10 species Europe and Africa: 5 species Europe and Africa: 5 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: 2 species North and South America: 2 species Asia and Africa: 2 species Asia and Africa: 2 species Origin of Introduced Species in United States

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The data represented on this site vary in accuracy, scale, completeness, extent of coverage and origin. It is the user's responsibility to use these data consistent with their intended purpose and within stated limitations. We highly recommend reviewing metadata files prior to interpreting these data.

Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2019]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [12/9/2019].

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