n African Entomology - Spread and impacts of the borer ( (Hampson, 1908), comb. nov.), a translocated native moth species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) : short communication




Alien species are known to impact biodiversity and ecosystem function in their introduced range, and may be the major threat to endangered species through competitive or predatory interactions. In agroecosystems the economic costs of such impacts are considerable (Pimental 2005), and are typically associated with phytophagous crop pests. While the impacts of translocated native species may also be significant, attention has generally been focused on translocations of vertebrates, where these anthropogenically-facilitated movements are more readily detected and documented (Van Rensburg 2011).


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