First records of the American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus (Shaw, 1802) in Slovenia

Authors

  • Nino Kirbiš Herpetološko društvo – Societas herpetologica slovenica, Večna pot 111, SI-1000 Ljubljana
  • Matjaž Bedjanič Rakovlje 42a, SI-3314 Braslovče
  • Jana Kus Veenvliet Zavod Symbiosis, Metulje 9, SI-1385 Nova vas
  • Paul Veenvliet Zavod Symbiosis, Metulje 9, SI-1385 Nova vas
  • David Stanković Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, Via Licio Giorgieri 5, IT-34127 Trieste
  • Gregor Lipovšek Javni zavod Krajinski park Ljubljansko barje, Podpeška cesta 380, SI-1357 Notranje Gorice
  • Katja Poboljšaj Center za kartografijo favne in flore, Klunova 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.18.1.23-27

Keywords:

invasive species, Lithobates catesbeianus, Slovenia, first records

Abstract

The American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus is one of the 100 worst alien species in the world. It has been introduced to several European countries. During our field search activities in May 2014 and June 2015, a male bullfrog advertisement call was heard at Fiesa Lakes in Slovenia. On September 2015, a male specimen of the American bullfrog was caught in a funnel trap at the same location. These are the first records of the occurrence of this invasive species in Slovenia. Further studies should be conducted to evaluate if an actual population is present in the area. Eradication measures should commence immediately as chances for the establishment of naturalized bullfrog populations here are high.

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30.06.2016

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Kirbiš, N., Bedjanič, M., Kus Veenvliet, J., Veenvliet, P., Stanković, D., Lipovšek, G., & Poboljšaj, K. (2016). First records of the American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus (Shaw, 1802) in Slovenia. Natura Sloveniae, 18(1), 23-27. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.18.1.23-27

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