Forecasting the Spread and Invasive Potential of Apple Snails (Pomacea spp

Stephanie Reilly, Stephanie, Stephanie Reilly, M Biology, Stephanie Reilly, Marine Biology, Stephanie Reilly, Marine Biology, Kenneth Hayes, Ii
2017 Florida. Master's thesis   unpublished
Forecasting the potential range of invasive species is a critical component for risk assessment, monitoring, and management. However, many of these invasive species are not yet at equilibrium which can be problematic for many modelling approaches. Using the climate matching method, MaxEnt, a series of species distribution models (SDMs) and risk analysis maps were created for select apple snail species in Florida: Pomacea canaliculata, P. diffusa, and P. maculata. Apple snails, freshwater
more » ... , freshwater gastropods in the family Ampullariidae, are native to South America and were introduced to the United States via the pet trade approximately 40 years ago. These highly invasive species have already been introduced in ten states and established in at least seven. The models and risk analysis in this study show the majority of Florida was at least moderately suitable for all apple snails modeled, with P. maculata posing the greatest threat.