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Apr 15, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 8)

Nonindigenous Species Database Network

URL:www.nisbase.org/nisbase/index.jsp
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The Nonindigenous Species Database Network maintains a database system called NISbase that is a superset of databases of such species from around the world. Nonindigenous species, of course, are organisms introduced into an area beyond their native ranges. It is the nonindigenous species that can wreak havoc with native species, and which are increasingly in the news. Thus, a set of databases such as these that can be accessed easily here are of considerable use. Search terms available to users include biological group (sponges, reptiles, etc.) and U.S. states where genus, species, and/or common name are located. Databases that can be selected include species in aquatic environments; organisms in Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, the Mediterranean Sea, San Francisco Bay, and others. More advanced search options are available, as are references and research projects. NISbase is a one-size-fits-all approach that lives up to its billing.
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