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Little snails dig on leaves, indifferent to crabs


Secondary Invasion Part 3 – First, a brief recap… Yellow crazy ants invade rainforest on Christmas Island… They kill the native red land crab… And facilitate the high abundance of a whole community of exotic land snails (read the publication or the blog). So we know the mechanism of invasion success when it comes to those land snails…? Crab deletion right? Hmm, not quite the full story.  Continue reading Little snails dig on leaves, indifferent to crabs

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Exotic grass will only invade when a grassland is JUST RIGHT

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a surprisingly informative story about biological invasions. A little girl breaks into a house (invades if you will) and she would have just cleared off if only hot porridge and hard furniture were offered. But instead she found food and a bed that were just right….so she stuck around.   Continue reading Exotic grass will only invade when a grassland is JUST RIGHT

Juiced-up ants hit ‘da club’ and snails approve!

Secondary Invasion Part 2 – Getting into ‘da’ Christmas Island Club is not an easy task for some. The bouncer says something about it being Shorty’s Birthday… or something. Either way, that rainforest is a pumpin’ crab party! Invaders can come a-knocking, but those crabs just keep a-rockin’….

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The INSECT INVADERS are coming!

Space Invaders – the 1978 arcade classic – can teach us a thing or two about Insect Invaders…..? Sure, why not! The space things (insect invaders) are trying to reach the bottom of the screen (enter the ecosystem). There’s different types (species). At the bottom there’s a gun thing (active management). And the longer it goes on the faster the space things get (an increasing problem overtime)…. Yep, analogy holds strong. Continue reading The INSECT INVADERS are coming!

Conditioning a goanna – yucky cane toad!

Remember when Goanna didn’t have to worry about nothin’ changing, at least not in a hurry anyway… Well it’s not 1982 anymore buddy! There are some serious changings a happening for old Goanna… not the least the INVASION OF THIS GUY! Continue reading Conditioning a goanna – yucky cane toad!