Featured Species

The Peninsular Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is coordinating and assisting researchers with population assessments of the bigmouth sleeper and opossum pipefish in Florida that only tolerate a narrow temperature range in the warm rivers. The Peninsular Florida FWCO is also working with federal, state, and other partners for population assessment and recovery of Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon. In coordination with Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources biologists and other partners, Peninsular Florida FWCO determine the distribution of the invasive African walking catfish in Puerto Rico through electrofishing and the collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) primers. The Peninsular Florida FWCO is also collaborating with partners to protect Florida natural resources from biodiversity loss from African jewelfish, Mayan cichlid, bullseye snakehead, flathead catfish, lionfish and other invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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  1. Atlantic sturgeon
  2. Shortnose sturgeon
  3. Bigmouth sleeper
  4. Opossum pipefish
  5. Eastern oysters
  6. Largemouth bass
  7. Bluegill
  8. Redear sunfish
  9. Florida gar
  10. Bowfin
  11. African jewelfish (Invasive)
  12. Mayan cichlid (Invasive)
  13. Bullseye snakehead (Invasive)
  14. Flathead Catfish (Invasive)
  15. Blue tilapia (Invasive)
  16. Sailfin catfish (Invasive)
  17. Midas cichlid (Invasive)