HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Mosquitofish threaten amphibians

Sometimes you have to prove the obvious to get something done. The mosquitofish is being distributed around the world to control mosquitoes--without regard for its effects on other aquatic species. New research shows that mosquitofish devour tadpoles just as readily as mosquito larvae and so can decimate native amphibians.

"Handing out exotic mosquitofish as a control of mosquitoes is an outdated government policy that needs to be changed," says Lee Kats of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, who presents this research with Jeff Goodsell in the August issue of Conservation Biology. This is the first study to demonstrate unequivocally that mosquitofish show no preference for mosquito larvae.

Distributed by the Los Angeles County Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control Center, mosquitofish have become established in many streams in the Santa Monica Mountains within the last 15 years. Because these streams have no native fish, the amphibians that live there lack defenses against fish predation. Amphibians native to these streams include the California newt, the Pacific treefrog and the California treefrog, which is a candidate for protected status.

Previous studies have shown that mosquitofish eat amphibians such as California newt larvae in Santa Monica Mountain streams. But these studies have been criticized because the mosquitofish were not offered alternate prey, leaving them no choice but to eat newt larvae.

Kats and Goodsell addressed this criticism by offering mosquitofish both Pacific treefrog tadpoles and mosquitoes. The researchers put bottomless two-by-two-foot tubs in fishless Santa Monica Mountain streams and added two mosquitofish, 20 tadpoles and 40 (low-density) or 80 (high density) mosquito larvae. These predator and prey densities approximated those naturally found in local streams.

After six hours, the mosquitofish in the "low-density" tubs had eaten all the mosquito larvae and more than 85% of tadpoles. Similarly, t
'"/>

Contact: Lee Kats
lkats@pepperdine.edu
310-456-4310
Society for Conservation Biology
29-Jul-1999


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Danger spots identified for threatened grizzly bear
2. 51 globally threatened species get new lease on life in the Caucasus
3. Disease threatens cucumbers, pumpkins, and other vine crops
4. Bighorn sheep threatened by climate change
5. California pistachio industry threatened by potentially devastating disease
6. Climate change may threaten more than one million species with extinction
7. Prescribed burns can threaten pine Savannah amphibians
8. Tourism to Earths most threatened areas surges by over 100 percent in last decade
9. More than 700 threatened species remain completely unprotected, new study shows
10. Trawlers threaten oceans biodiversity
11. Lake ecosystem critical to East African food supply is threatened by climate change

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Mosquitofish threaten amphibians

(Date:4/17/2014)... If a restaurant ... he can expect his premises to be trashed. Warnings like ... is enough to make restaurant owners pay up. Similarly, mafia-like ... in other birds, nests. If the host birds throw the ... destroying the entire nest. Consequently, it is beneficial for hosts ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... IPCC meeting painted a stark warning on the possible ... a greenhouse effect 32 times that of carbon dioxide. ... humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which ... in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. ... disrupted it may enter into a vicious cycle to ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... wild animals and plant life, but there,s an invisible ... in the soil, decomposing organic matter and releasing carbon ... fungi play in ecological systems, their identities have only ... generated a genetic map of more than 10,000 species ... this week in the Proceedings of the National ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fear of the cuckoo mafia 2Fear of the cuckoo mafia 3Methane climate change risk suggested by proof of redox cycling of humic substances 2Stanford biologists help solve fungal mysteries 2Stanford biologists help solve fungal mysteries 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... Hills, IL (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 ... to find hard-working items for the lab, from fluid ... as Guaranteed-in-Stock (GIS)—ready to ship when you order. ... Masterflex® Peristaltic Pumps , from the L/S® model for ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... MINNEAPOLIS , Jan. 15, 2014 ­ RedBrick ... and behavior change technology, today announces that EmblemHealth ... insurer and wellness company, is now providing the RedBrick ... digital coaching program, to all of its members. EmblemHealth ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014 More than 5 million ... 1 in 3 seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or ... jaw-dropping figures have shocked many Americans into looking for ... prevent these tragic age-related cognitive disorders. Jonathan Weisman, president ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... January 15, 2014 DTS Language Services, ... Online Web Portal for Life Science organizations who need document ... the subject matter of their documents in advance with a ... reduce time-to-delivery of translations, often a critical factor in clinical ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cole-Parmer Begins 2014 with the Release of Preferred Solutions 2EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 2EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 3Biohack Pure Offers 5 Tips for Increasing Memory in 2014 2DTS Improves Efficiency for Life Science Document Translations 2
Cached News: