Invasive species

Non-indigenous species that often outcompete native species for resources or habitat, altering community structure and potentially leading to extinction. Such species may arrive in new areas through natural migration, but they are often introduced by human activities and are a major driver of biodiversity loss. They can affect the chemical makeup of the water, availability of resources, and even alter the food web.

Invasive species characteristics:

  • Capability of adapting to diverse and a wide range of conditions (wide range of ecological tolerance)
  • Rapid growth rates of individuals
  • Characteristics that make them easily dispersible to new localities
  • Reproducing allowing for rapid population growth.

Red fox is an invasive species in the Arctic, endangering Arctic fox populations

Polarpedia terms are created by EDU-ARCTIC Consortium, which holds responsibility for quality of translations in following languages: Polish, French, Danish, Norwegian, German, Russian, Italian, unless indicated otherwise. If you see an error - please contact us:
European Union flag This project (EDU-ARCTIC) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 710240. The content of the website is the sole responsibility of the Consortium and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission, and the Commission is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained.
Designed & hosted by American Systems Sp. z o.o.