What is An Invasive Species?
Many species that are found in Lake Singletary were originally brought here from other places around the world and these species are called non-native or exotic. Although many non-native species such as Purple Loosestrife are beautiful, they can be extremely destructive to the environment because they disrupt the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Some exotic species are harmless, but others can have a very detrimental impact on the environment by out-competing native species and taking over the water body. Once a species, native or non-native, dominates or disrupts the biological community it is considered invasive.
How Did They Get here?
Exotic, or non-native species have been introduced in a variety of ways including unintentional introduction from boat hulls/propellers and accidental release through the aquarium or water garden trade. Others were deliberately imported and planted as colorful additions to gardens and ponds.
Why Are They Harmful?
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