Aquatic Invasive Species: Plants, Animals & Examples


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When fishing in the Great Lakes, fishermen still find fish with circular wounds on them as shown below. Which of the following invasive species is responsible for this damage?

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1. A visit to the Great Lakes provides a view of tiny animals growing on every aquatic surface in sight. They are clearly causing problems with dams, recreational activities, power plant drainage and irrigation systems. Which of the following invasive species is responsible for this problem?

2. A friend is starting a new aquarium and wants to include some plants with their fish. They suggest Brazilian elodea because it is easy to grow and reproduces easily. Which of the following explains why your friend should not choose Brazilian elodea?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The worksheet and quiz are tools that aid in checking your comprehension of aquatic invasive species. Different animal and plant species are highlighted on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following topics:

  • An invasive species people in the Great Lakes should look out for
  • The invasive species that causes circular wounds on fish in the Great Lakes
  • Species causing problems in the Great Lakes to dams and recreational activities

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about why you wouldn't want Brazilian elodea in an aquarium
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on aquatic invasive species
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why the water hyacinth grows unchecked in the U.S. and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more, access the lesson called Aquatic Invasive Species: Plants, Animals & Examples. Other topics you can review include:

  • The definition of an invasive species
  • Characteristics of the water hyacinth
  • Problems associated with aquatic invasive species