• Taxonomy, native origin, biological traits, etc.

  • Recipient regions, pathways, vectors, traits of recipient habitat, statuses, dates, etc.

  • Flexible multi-criteria search engine, data processing for further analysis.

  • Geographical information arrangement for Species and Introduction events.

  • Regionally harmonized early warning system concept

  • Tools for easier data overview.


About AquaNIS

AquaNIS is an online information system on the aquatic Non-Indigenous Species (NIS), and species which might be considered as NIS, i.e. cryptogenic species. The system stores and disseminates information on NIS introduction histories, recipient regions, taxonomy, biological traits, impacts, and other relevant documented data. Currently, the system contains data on NIS introduced to marine, brackish and coastal freshwater of Europe and neighboring regions, but may be extended to other parts of the World.

AquaNIS seeks to ensure the long-term maintenance and reliability of the database by continuous update and scientific validation of its data, making it useful for research and practical for management. We believe that the content will be of value in relation to the management of the EU Water Framework Directive, The Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Risk Assessment measures for different pathways, especially shipping and aquaculture.

AquaNIS is a living database and is constantly updated with new records. All entered data is checked as far as is possible to current taxonomic status and references are supplied to qualify each of the datasets. All of the submitted data is to the best of our knowledge accurate. However, we do not accept any legal responsibility as to how the information derived from this database is interpreted or used.

The database will be gradually opened for free access in modules according to each state of completion. See "Regions available for public access" below.

The information system AquaNIS as a whole, multiple species accounts, search and data comparison results should be cited as:
  • AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2015. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2021-08-02.
A single species account should be cited as it is shown at the entry:
  • Data provider(s), 2015. Species name. In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2015. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2021-08-02.
An introduction event of single species should be cited as it is shown at the entry:
  • Data provider(s), 2015. Species name introduction to [Here goes the name of Recipient Region]. In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2015. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2021-08-02.
Examples:
  • Gollasch S., 2015. Sargassum muticum. In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2015. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2021-08-02.
  • Minchin D., Cook E. J., 2015. Mercenaria mercenaria introduction to United Kingdom (Britain). In: AquaNIS. Editorial Board, 2015. Information system on Aquatic Non-Indigenous and Cryptogenic Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. www.corpi.ku.lt/databases/aquanis. Version 2.36+. Accessed 2021-08-02.
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  • Casties, I., & Briski, E. (2019). Life history traits of aquatic non-indigenous species: freshwater vs. marine habitats. Aquatic Invasions, 14(4), 566-581. View online
  • Duarte, S., Vieira, P. E., & Costa, F. O. (2020). Assessment of species gaps in DNA barcode libraries of non-indigenous species (NIS) occurring in European coastal regions. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics, 4, e55162. View online
  • Shalovenkov, N. N. (2020). Tendencies of Invasion of Alien Zoobenthic Species into the Black Sea. Russian Journal of Biological Invasions, 11(2), 164-171. View online
  • Bojko, J., Burgess, A. L., Baker, A. G., & Orr, C. H. (2020). Invasive non-native crustacean symbionts: diversity and impact. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 107482. View online
  • Obst, M., Exter, K., Allcock, A. L., Arvanitidis, C., Axberg, A., Bustamante, M., ... & Pavloudi, C. (2020). A marine biodiversity observation network for genetic monitoring of hard-bottom communities (ARMS-MBON). Frontiers in Marine Science, 7. View online
  • Tsiamis, K., Azzurro, E., Bariche, M., Çinar, M. E., Crocetta, F., De Clerck, O., ... & Cardoso, A. C. (2020). Prioritizing marine invasive alien species in the European Union through horizon scanning. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 30(4), 794-845. View online
  • Joana, A., Antunes, J. T., Machado, A. M., Vitor, V., Leão, P. N., & Elsa, F. (2020). Monitoring of biofouling communities in a Portuguese port using a combined morphological and metabarcoding approach. Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 10(1). View online
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