Monday, December 6, 2010

Regional Invasives Database

The Central Southwest Gulf Coast Information Node (CSWGCIN) region includes many different introduction pathways for invasive species. It is also home to a diverse array of ecosystems ranging from humid, semi-tropical coastal habitats to bottomland forests, arid deserts, and mountains. These combined factors lead to a large number of invasive species being found in the CSWGCIN region. The CSWGCIN Regional Invasive Species Database  provides information describing nearly 300 invasive species found in the CSWGCIN region. Information includes introduction pathways, photographs, species fact sheets, taxonomic information provided by the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), and bibliographic citations. The database interface uses mash-up technology to retrieve and display information from several different data sources.

(Photo: Russian knapweed (Rhaponticum repens) (L.) Hidalgo.  Credit: Steve Dewey, Utah State University.  Photo courtesy of


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