Identification Resources for Non-Native Species
(Freshwater, Marine, Wetland)

Below are links to resources that may assist you in the identification of aquatic and wetland nuisance species found in the NEANS region*. The icons in the right-hand column indicate which organism types can be found on each list. Identification from photos and internet sources can be useful but is not a substitute for examination by qualified experts. If you are at all unsure of your ID, expert confirmation is recommended.

*This web page is provided for informational purposes only. The NEANS Panel is not responsible for the content of external links.

Geographic Resource Organism Types (Key) Description Invasive Range? Native Range?

Global Invasive Species Database

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Fish Other Marine Invertebrates Pathogens Other Animals

Distribution by region, click on region to get more specific locations.

Y Y

Canadian Wildlife Federation's Invasive Species in Canada database

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Fish Other Marine Invertebrates Pathogens Other Animals

Includes basic range data for non-native species found in Canada.

Y Y

OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System)

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Fish Other Marine Invertebrates Pathogens Other Animals

Produces global range maps.

Y Y

North American Invasives - IDNature Guide

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Fish Other Marine Invertebrates Pathogens Other Animals

A guide to invasives that synthesizes information from many different online sources. Many species have global distribution maps.

Y Y

USGS Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species database

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Fish Other Marine Invertebrates Pathogens Other Animals

Excellent source for range maps and visual and text-based distributional data for the U.S., native range data also included.

Y Y

Bay of Fundy Species Information

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Fish Other Marine Invertebrates Other Animals

Species list for the Bay of Fundy region.

Y N

Introduced and Cryptogenic Species of the North Atlantic (MIT Sea Grant)

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Other Marine Invertebrates

Displays species maps from the 2000 and 2003 marine rapid assessment surveys.

Y N

marineID

Plants Mollusks Crustaceans Other Marine Invertebrates

Detailed distribution data for some species. Requires PC and Internet Explorer; Must install free Autodesk MapGuide Viewer (see site) to view maps.

Y Y

AlgaeBase

Plants

Database includes images, distributional information, and references.

Y Y

Documented Infestations of Invasive Aquatic Plants in Maine

Plants

Detailed location records for Maine, including a map.

Y N

Exotic Aquatic Plant Sites in New Hampshire

Plants

Point location map for New Hampshire.

Y N

Encycloweedia

Plants

A resource for noxious plant information, including descriptions and distribution data.

Y N

IPANE (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England)

Plants

Detailed distribution data for plants, including herbarium records.

Y N

USDA PLANTS Database

Plants

State-level (and some county-level) distribution data for the U.S.

Y Y


Protecting the marine and freshwater resources of the Northeast from invasive aquatic nuisance species