Establishment of the exotic invasive Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) in Louisiana

Authors: B M Glorioso; J Hardin Waddle; L J Muse; N D Jennings; M Litton; J Hamilton; S Gergen; D Heckard
Contribution Number: 624


The Cuban treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands, and is invasive in areas where it has been introduced and established in the Caribbean as well as Hawaii and Florida. Despite repeated occurrences in several states over many years, it was not believed that Cuban treefrogs had successfully established outside of Florida in the mainland United States. From mid-September to mid-November 2017, we captured and removed 367 Cuban treefrogs in just four surveys in New Orleans, Louisiana. The impacts of this population on native treefrogs in this area is unknown but possibly severe as indicated by the paucity of observations of native treefrogs during our surveys. Eradication of this seemingly established population is improbable, but continued surveys will facilitate learning about the ecology and genetics of this novel population.

Publication details
Published Date: 2018-04-21
Outlet/Publisher: Biological Invasions
Media Format: .PDF

ARMI Organizational Units:
South Central - Biology
Invasive Species
Place Names:
amphibians; competition; introduced species; invasives
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