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Invasive animals are introduced multicellular organisms of the kingdom Animalia, such as mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. Invasive aquatic animal species are included in the Aquatic Species - Aquatic Animals section.

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Species Profiles

Asian tiger mosquito Brown tree snake Cane toad European gypsy moth

Listed below are the animal species for which we have completed species profiles - general information about animal species commonly known as invasive. This is not a list of all invasive animal species, nor does it have any regulatory implications. These profiles are provided as an educational informational tool.

Species not Established in the U.S.

Invertebrate Species
Invertebrate species are animals which lack a spine or backbone. Example species include spiders and other insects; round, segmented, and flat worms; jellyfish; squids; sponges; and others.

Africanized Honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata)
Asian Citrus Psyllid (Diaphorina citri)
Asian Long-Horned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)
Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys)
Cactus Moth (Cactoblastis cactorum)
Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis)
Citrus Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora chinensis)
Common Pine Shoot Beetle (Tomicus piniperda)
Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)
European Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)
European Spruce Bark Beetle (Ips typographus)
Formosan Subterranean Termite (Coptotermes formosanus)
Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica)
Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (Homalodisca coagulata)
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae)
Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata)
Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens)
Pink Bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella) (Apr 28, 2011)
Pink Hibiscus Mealybug (Maconellicoccus hirsutus)
Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta)
Russian Wheat Aphid (Diuraphis noxia)
Silverleaf Whitefly (Bemisia argentifolii)
Sirex Woodwasp (Sirex noctilio)
Soybean Cyst Nematode (Heterodera glycines)

Vertebrate Species
Vertebrate species are animals with backbones or spinal columns. In some cases closely related species such as the hagfish which lack a spine but have a bony skull or cranium are included in the group. Example species include: bony fish; sharks; rays; amphibians; reptiles; mammals; and birds.

Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis)
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)

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