Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

Mapping Ponto-Caspian Invaders in GB - WC1048

Description
The Environment Agency has identified 16 species (Table 1) whose potential future distribution is to be mapped across Great Britain. We would use bioclimatic models generated from each species’ known native and invaded ranges to predict bioclimatic suitability within GB. Our methodology has already been used to predict the range of the killer shrimp, Dikerogammarus villosus, and has been approved as a suitable methodology by peer review in a high-ranking international journal (paper Gallardo, Errea & Aldridge (in press) Biological Invasions).

Models will be further refined by overlaying known information on the water chemistry requirements of each species. At the coarsest scale, this can be done through interpolation of water quality for invaded locations in Europe. A more detailed analysis would be possible by searching the literature and contacting experts across Europe. Conducting field surveys would provide the best water quality data, but is outside the scope of this study.
Objective
A report would be produced with a predictive map for each species, and a discussion of the patterns and key driving factors that determine distributions. Additional maps would be produced to show the locations of the source data. A summary map of GB would also be produced to show the number of potential species by geography. This ‘heat map’ would help to identify the most vulnerable places in GB to invasion by Ponto-Caspian species, and would also help to focus monitoring efforts.

Table 1. Ponto-Caspian species to be assessed, as advised by the Environment Agency. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have already been modelled by Gallardo and Aldridge, and will be included within the study at no charge.
Group Scientific Synonyms Notes
F. Invert Chaetogammarus ischnus Echinogammarus ischnus ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Chaetogammarus warpachowskyi ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Chelicorophium curvispinum Corophium curvispinum ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Chelicorophium robustum ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Dikerogammarus bispinosus ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Dikerogammarus haemobaphes ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Dikerogammarus villosus * ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Echinogammarus trichiatus * ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Hemimysis anomala * ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Jaera istri ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Limnomysis benedeni * ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Obesogammarus obesus ponto-caspian species
F. Invert Pontogammarus robustoides ponto-caspian species
Fish Neogobius melanostomus Round Goby
Fish Neogobius gymnotrachelus Racer Goby
Fish Proterorhinus marmoratus Tubenose Goby
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WC1048 final report   (3786k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2012

Cost: £7,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Cambridge Environmental Consultants
Keywords