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The aquarium trade as a potential source of fish introductions in southwestern Europe

The aquarium trade has been identified as an important vector of aquatic invasive species but this question has mostly been investigated in North America. We investigated the variation in diversity and species composition in different trade types in southwestern Europe (three major international wholesalers, different retail store types, and local internet forums), mostly in Spain and Portugal. As in previous studies, the diversity of fishes in the aquarium trade was vast, with a total of 20 orders, 79 families, and 1,133 fish species detected in the trade types analyzed. 248 species were observed in a single metropolitan area (Barcelona), with estimates of about 294 species being present. International wholesalers had higher species richness and evenness, with a single one having over 700 species. General pet stores had much lower evenness but due to high turnover had a total richness of over 200 species. Internet forums had the lowest evenness but similar richness. The different commerce types varied significantly in relative species abundance with about a dozen of popular fish species (e.g., goldfish, Siamese fighting fish, common carp, guppy, swordtails) dominating the retail stores, particularly the general pet stores. Our results imply that frequency in the trade varies strongly among species and commerce types and although general pet stores have usually low diversity, this is compensated with a higher species turnover. Many of the most popular species are well known invasive species and some of the species available are temperate species that might establish in Europe, reinforcing the need for more careful implementation of education programs, regulation and monitoring of trade, and internalization of environmental costs by the industry

We thank the aquarium websites mentioned in the methods for the valuable information provided, the Spanish Ministry of Science for financial support (CGL2009-12877-C02-01 and Consolider-Ingenio 2010 CSD2009-00065), and Julian D. Olden, the associate editor, and anonymous reviewers for insightful comments on the manuscript

© Biological Invasions, 2013, vol. 15, núm. 12, p. 2707-2716

Springer Verlag

Author: Maceda-Veiga, Alberto
Escribano-Alacid, Josep
Sostoa, Adolf de
García-Berthou, Emili
Date: 2013 December 1
Abstract: The aquarium trade has been identified as an important vector of aquatic invasive species but this question has mostly been investigated in North America. We investigated the variation in diversity and species composition in different trade types in southwestern Europe (three major international wholesalers, different retail store types, and local internet forums), mostly in Spain and Portugal. As in previous studies, the diversity of fishes in the aquarium trade was vast, with a total of 20 orders, 79 families, and 1,133 fish species detected in the trade types analyzed. 248 species were observed in a single metropolitan area (Barcelona), with estimates of about 294 species being present. International wholesalers had higher species richness and evenness, with a single one having over 700 species. General pet stores had much lower evenness but due to high turnover had a total richness of over 200 species. Internet forums had the lowest evenness but similar richness. The different commerce types varied significantly in relative species abundance with about a dozen of popular fish species (e.g., goldfish, Siamese fighting fish, common carp, guppy, swordtails) dominating the retail stores, particularly the general pet stores. Our results imply that frequency in the trade varies strongly among species and commerce types and although general pet stores have usually low diversity, this is compensated with a higher species turnover. Many of the most popular species are well known invasive species and some of the species available are temperate species that might establish in Europe, reinforcing the need for more careful implementation of education programs, regulation and monitoring of trade, and internalization of environmental costs by the industry
We thank the aquarium websites mentioned in the methods for the valuable information provided, the Spanish Ministry of Science for financial support (CGL2009-12877-C02-01 and Consolider-Ingenio 2010 CSD2009-00065), and Julian D. Olden, the associate editor, and anonymous reviewers for insightful comments on the manuscript
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ISSN: 1387-3547 (versió paper)
1573-1464 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12989
Language: eng
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Collection: MICINN/PN 2010-2012/CGL2009-12877-C02-01
MICINN/PN 2009-2014/CSD2009-00065 
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-013-0485-0
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Is part of: © Biological Invasions, 2013, vol. 15, núm. 12, p. 2707-2716
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Subject: Invasions biològiques
Biological invasions
Espècies introduïdes
Introduced organisms
Peixos d’aigua dolça
Freshwater fishes
Peixos d’aquari
Aquarium fishes
Title: The aquarium trade as a potential source of fish introductions in southwestern Europe
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