Citizen science and phytosanitary surveillance systems are complementary tools to follow the invasion of Harmonia axyridis

Grez, Audrey A.; Zaviezo, Tania; Orellana, Ignacio; Pino, Luna; Roy, Helen E. ORCID:; Torres, Fernando; Rebolledo, Claudia. 2023 Citizen science and phytosanitary surveillance systems are complementary tools to follow the invasion of Harmonia axyridis. Neotropical Entomology, 52 (1). 46-56.

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Citizen science is a valuable tool for early detection, distribution, and spread of invasive alien species (IAS). Nevertheless, citizen science initiatives have several potential biases and may be complemented with long-term structured monitoring schemes. We analyzed the spatial–temporal dynamics of the invasion of Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Chile, based upon two citizen sciences databases (WEB and INAT) and one structured monitoring (SAG). We collected 8638 H. axyridis occurrences between 2009 and 2020. WEB had a higher number of records than SAG and INAT, and in all databases, the number of records has increased over time. The three databases showed that the invasion started in central Chile and then spread toward the north and south. The WEB and SAG recorded occurrences in the extreme north and south, whereas INAT concentrated all the occurrences in a more limited area, included in WEB and SAG. Both citizen science initiatives concentrated their records in areas of high human populations whereas SAG records had a more even distribution across regions. At 2020, WEB accounted for 55%, SAG 54%, and INAT 8% of the total area accumulated with H. axyridis, with only 16% of area shared among databases. WEB and INAT obtained most of their records in urban and industrial land cover types, while SAG records were more evenly represented in different land cover types. Our results confirm that combined methods, including citizen science initiatives, national surveillance system, and localized samplings, complement each other in providing knowledge to understand the patterns, processes, and consequences of this invasion.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1678-8052
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Additional Keywords: biological invasions, Coccinellids, data bias, distribution, structured monitoring
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 19 Jun 2023 16:32 +0 (UTC)

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