An invasive species is an organism that causes ecological or economic harm in a new environment where it is not native.
Invasive species are of particular concern for the conservation of islands like Galapagos. Despite their high levels of biodiversity, islands also have high levels of endemic species – species which are found nowhere else on Earth. Invasive species are capable of causing extinctions of native plants and animals, reducing biodiversity, competing with native organisms for limited resources, and altering habitats.
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