24 May '11, 5pm

900 Species Invade the Mediterranean, Alter Entire Food Chain:

900 Species Invade the Mediterranean, Alter Entire Food Chain:

The puffer fish is just one invasive species that now dominates in the Mediterranean. Photo credit: notsogoodphotography /Creative Commons Over the last several decades, more than 900 invasive species have moved into the Mediterranean Sea, many of which have become established—and even dominant—in the region. As a result, coastal communities of plants and animals are experiencing major shifts and, in some cases, entire food chains have been altered. SLIDESHOW: The World's Most Lovable Invasive Species "The Mediterranean is the world's most invaded sea," said Stefan Kalogirou , a researcher at the Department of Marine Ecology at the University of Gothenburg, adding that "once species have become established in the Mediterranean it is almost impossible to eradicate them." The problem, he believes, stems from the 1869 construction of the Suez Canal, which created a corridor l...

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