What are some introduced species into Australia?
Some of the introduced species in Australia include:
- cane toad
- horses, including brumbies
- livestock such as cattle, sheep, pigs, goats
- domestic pets (cats, dogs, guinea-pigs, canaries)
- rodents - mice and rats
- fire ant
- European carp
- cactoblastis moth
- ferret (Tasmania)
- dingoes came with the Aborigines, so both dingoes and people are, theoretically, introduced
- prickly pear
- all fruit and nut trees except for the macadamia and bunya nuts
Introduced species and habitat loss are the primary causes of extinction of native species in New Zealand. Introduced species such as feral cats, foxes, rats and stoats have decimated some native populations. Even the brushtail possum, rainbow lorikeets, black swan and cockatoos which have been introduced from Australia, threaten the habitat of native New Zealand species.