Taxonomic Selectivity in Surviving Introduced Insects in the United States

  • Diego P. Vázquez
  • Daniel Simberloff


Although ecologists have understood the importance of invasions since the publication of Elton's book (1958), the factors important to the survival and impact of introduced species are still poorly understood. Several factors can determine whether a species arrives and thrives in a new location. Firstly, the opportunity for colonisation is important. Obviously, a species may have all the traits that would predispose it to prosper in a particular location, but, if it cannot get there, no invasion will occur. Clearly, some species will be introduced more often than others will. For example, the fact that there has been historically more traffic between Europe and North America than between Africa and North America gave European species more opportunities for spread to North America (Sailer 1983).


Biological Control Invasive Species Biological Control Agent Propagule Pressure Binomial Probability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego P. Vázquez
    • 1
  • Daniel Simberloff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleU.S.A.

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