Date: March 13, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Presenter: Gavin Hanke, Royal BC Museum
Overview: This talk includes a brief history of fishes, amphibians and reptiles known to have been released in BC from the pet trade. The most successful exotic from captivity is the Common Wall Lizard and as of 2017, a second species, the Italian Wall Lizard is known to be established in our region. Several other temperate species in the pet trade threaten our environment. Gavin will highlight characteristics of these high risk invaders and detail a few species that appear in the pet trade here in British Columbia.
Bio: Gavin Hanke joined the Royal BC Museum in 2004 after working at the Manitoba Museum. Much of Gavin’s published work is based on his PhD on fossil fishes (acanthodians and early shark-like fishes) from northwestern Canada. His more recent work focused on new range records of deep sea fishes in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Gavin also works with the BC Ministry of Environment to collect and monitor exotic vertebrates, with a special interest in the role of the pet trade, angling industry and importation of live food fishes as a source of exotic/invasive animals.