|History Animals & Plants Rare & Endangered Invasive Exotics Human Use||
Animals and Plants:
Non-native species are those that would not be here naturally. They occur here because of assistance from people. Some exotic species were imported by landscapers or farmers; other species got here by accident. Some non-native plants and animals become problem species. An especially common problem in Florida with exotic species is that many of them are “invasive exotics species.” Invasive exotic species can successfully invade natural communities of native species, oftentimes outcompeting and displacing many of the native species. Not all non-native species are invasive. Orange trees, for example, are an exotic species because they are not native to Florida. However, orange trees are not an invasive exotic species because they don’t take over and completely destroy natural biological communities such as can happen with an invasive exotic species such as Kudzu.
To help combat the potential detrimental impact of invasive exotics in the ARROW region, FNAI is developing a prototype map that will allow users to pinpoint on a map of the region where they have seen invasive exotic plant species. These data points will be reviewed by FNAI and, where appropriate, utilized and shared with other agencies in helping manage and control invasive exotic plant species. When available, this interactive map will be accessible through a link from this web page.
For more information about exotics in general and what you can do to help prevent the spread of non-native species, go to the
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
Bureau of Invasive Plant Management
University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Links to just about everything you might want to know
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species
U.S. Geological Survey
Invasive Plants of the Thirteen Southern States
A sample of non-native invasive species reported in the ARROW region: