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Establishment of the exotic invasive Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) in Louisiana

Biological Invasions

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https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1732-1

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Abstract

The Cuban treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands, and is invasive in areas where it has been introduced and established in the Caribbean as well as Florida. Despite repeated occurrences in several states over many years, it was not believed that Cuban treefrogs had successfully established outside of Florida in the mainland United States. From mid-September to mid-November 2017, we captured and removed 367 Cuban treefrogs in just four surveys in New Orleans, Louisiana. The impacts of this population on native treefrogs in this area is unknown but possibly severe as indicated by the paucity of observations of native treefrogs during our surveys. Eradication of this seemingly established population is improbable, but continued surveys will facilitate learning about the ecology and genetics of this novel population.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Establishment of the exotic invasive Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) in Louisiana
Series title:
Biological Invasions
DOI:
10.1007/s10530-018-1732-1
Edition:
Online First
Year Published:
2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Springer
Contributing office(s):
Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Country:
United States
State:
Louisiana
City:
New Orleans
Other Geospatial:
Audubon Zoo