The role of parasite release in invasion of the USA by European slugs

@article{Ross2009TheRO,
  title={The role of parasite release in invasion of the USA by European slugs},
  author={Jenna L. Ross and Elena S. Ivanova and Paul M. Severns and Michael Jordi Wilson},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2009},
  volume={12},
  pages={603-610}
}
Several species of European slugs are invasive in the USA, threatening native species and damaging agricultural and horticultural crops. One possible explanation for the success of these invaders is parasite release. To test this hypothesis we collected European slugs in part of their native range (United Kingdom) and in the USA and compared prevalence, distribution and species richness of their nematode parasites. All slugs were dissected and examined for the presence of nematodes. In the UK… CONTINUE READING