This dataset is associated with a larger manuscript published in 2022 in the Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin to summarize all known records for nonindigenous aquatic mollusks in Illinois, and full sources are referenced within the manuscript. We examined museum holdings, literature accounts, publicly available databases sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species program (http://nas.er.usgs.gov/.) and InvertEBase (invertebase.org). We also included sporadic field survey data of encounters of nonindigenous aquatic species from colleagues within the Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, county forest preserve districts, and other natural resource agencies about their encounters with nonindigenous aquatic mollusk species. Lastly, we examined the role and utility of citizen-science data to document occurrences of nonindigenous aquatic mollusk species. We queried iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org) for all available nonindigenous freshwater mollusk data for Illinois.
Table heading descriptions (if not intuitive) are: “INHS verified” is whether an INHS staff member verified the record by observing vouchered specimen or photograph; “Source” is where a record was accessed or obtained; “individualCount” is number collected or observed in a record; “MuseumCode” is standard museum abbreviation or acronym; “Institution” is source that housed or reported a record, and this also includes the spelled-out museum code; “Collectors” typically indicates who collected the specimen or voucher; “Lat_Long determined by” denotes whether collection coordinates were stated by the collector or by a curator (using inference from data available); “fieldNumber” typically indicates a unique field number that a collector may have used in the field; “identifiedBy” typically explains who identified a specimen or verified a specimen identification.
- Aquatic Invasive Species
- Exotic species
- Non-native aquatic species