First report of the non-native freshwater nereidid polychaete namalycastis hawaiiensis (Johnson, 1903) from a private goldfish aquarium in eastern Japan

Hirokazu Abe, Masaatsu Tanaka, Yusuke Ueno

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Abstract

The aquarium trade poses a great risk of aquatic invasion worldwide, but little attention has been paid to unintentionally introduced species. The present study reports the occurrence of the freshwater polychaete Namalycastis hawaiiensis for the first time from a private home aquarium in Japan, which was a considerable distance away from the native distribution of the species (tropical/subtropical regions). We concluded that the species was unintentionally introduced via the aquarium trade. As the specimens were collected from an aquarium of the common goldfish, which is one of the most popular ornamental fish in the world, it is possible that a cryptic invasion has already expanded worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalBioInvasions Records
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aquarium trade
  • Aquatic conservation
  • Cryptic invasion
  • Home aquarium
  • Namanereidinae
  • Nereididae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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