Species Information

Invasive species are organisms (plants, animals and pathogens) that are not native to a particular ecosystem and whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health.  Due to the potential harm invasive species can cause to natural communities and systems, all New Yorkers have a stake in the issue.

Potential pathways for individuals to spread invasive species include the aquarium trade, boating, hiking, fishing, and swimming. Seeds, plant parts, or larvae attached on boots, waders, clothing, automobiles, recreational and commercial boats, paddles, life jackets, and bilge water are examples of some potential vectors that may spread invasive species. 

Many invasive species are already within New York State and some are in states bordering New York. It is important to be able to identify these species and understand their impacts to respond quickly to new invaders. Below are species profiles that provide information on the appearance, biology, distribution and management information.


Species Categories:

Agricultural Insect Invaders  |  Aquatic Animals  |  Aquatic Plants  |  Insects  |  Pathogens & Parasites  |  Terrestrial Animals  |  Terrestrial Plants

Agricultural Insect Invaders

Aquatic Animals

Aquatic Plants


Pathogens & Parasites

Terrestrial Animals

Terrestrial Plants