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Introduced Species

The Canada Goose has been introduced into Europe
The Canada Goose has been introduced into Europe
Photographer: Chuck Szmurlo

An Introduced Species is a species that humans have accidentally or deliberately brought into an ecosystem in which it does not naturally occur.

Examples of introduced species include the red fox and cane toad being introduced into Australia, the canada goose and grey squirrel in Europe, the muskrat in Europe and Asia, and the Gypsy Moth in North America.

The most commonly introduced species are the brown rat, house sparrow, common pheasant and the european starling, which have been introduced very widely.

Associated Terms: Non-indigenous Species, Exotic Species, Alien Species


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