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Volume 14, issue 1 | Copyright

Special issue: AGORA: Ideas and Concepts

Web Ecol., 14, 85-87, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-14-85-2014
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AGORA: Ideas and Concepts 14 Jan 2015

AGORA: Ideas and Concepts | 14 Jan 2015

Demography gone wild in native species: four reasons to avoid the term "native invaders"

M. Méndez, A. Escudero, J. M. Iriondo, and R. M. Viejo M. Méndez et al.
  • Área de Biodiversidad y Conservación, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, c/ Tulipán s/n., 28933 Móstoles, Madrid, Spain
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Native invaders are species that become ``invasive'' in their own native range to the point of becoming a nuisance. This demographic disregulation presents management challenges, but we question the usefulness of this term on four grounds: it adds nothing to a well-known management problem, can bias the perception of management options, neglects different causes underlying the disregulation of native and non-indigenous species, and excludes species that can become antropogenically disregulated.
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