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While alien plants have been well-publicised, Alien & Invasive Animals, by Mike Picker and Charles Griffiths is the first book to be published on alien animals in Africa. With a list more than 300 invasive animals that have settled in South Africa, this book describes the history of each invasion, and the ecological and economic impacts in South Africa; and it discusses the effect of introduced biocontrol agents (usually insects), which are also alien species released deliberately to control problem plants.
Asian fruit fly is the world’s worst destructive pest of fruit and vegetables. Of major concern is the increase in trade and tourism as this increases the risk of infested fruit being carried across South African borders. It is an offence to import plants and plant material into South Africa without authorisation. Luggage is frequently scanned or sniffed by sniffer dogs to detect fruit and other plant products.
Citrophilus mealybug feeds on the phloem of deciduous and evergreen plants in warm, temperate climates. They are often hidden from view, and cannot be seen without cutting open the fruit.
Two highly invasive wasp species are expanding their range throughout Cape Town and the Western Cape and the City and its partners are calling upon the public to help identify and report new colonies.
This waterbuck is a large antelope found widely in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a ruminant, feeding almost exclusively on grass and forbs. Crawshay's waterbuck is susceptible to ulcers, lungworm infection and kidney stones. Other diseases from which this animal suffers are foot-and-mouth disease, sindbis fever, yellow fever, bluetongue, bovine virus diarrhoea, brucellosis and anthrax.