Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Title

Aquatic Invasions

Volume

6

Issue

1

First Page

91

Last Page

96

DOI

10.3391/ai.2011.6.1.11

Abstract

The Laurentian Great Lakes have been successfully invaded by at least 182 nonindigenous species. Here we report on two new species, water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes and water lettuce Pistia stratiotes, that were found at a number of locations in Lake St. Clair and Detroit River during autumn 2010. Both species are commonly sold in the water garden and aquarium trade in southern Ontario and elsewhere. While it is not clear whether these species are established or can establish in the Great Lakes, the historic assumption that neither of these subtropical to tropical plants pose an invasion risk must be questioned in the light of changing environmental conditions associated with climate warming that may render Great Lakes' habitats more suitable for these species and increase the likelihood of their successful establishment. © 2011 The Author(s).

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