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At what point does a non native species become recognized as "native?"

  1. doodlebugs profile image82
    doodlebugsposted 5 years ago

    At what point does a non native species become recognized as "native?"

    For example, the English sparrow was brought to America more than 200 years ago. How long before an introduced species is recognized as a "native" by biologists?

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    calculus-geometryposted 5 years ago

    Good question.  According to this Wikipedia entry on indigenous species, I guess the answer would be never.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_(ecology)

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    Old Empresarioposted 5 years ago

    The animal itself will never be recognized as native to a scientist. There might be breeds of a species that are eventually recognized as native in a particular region.

  4. connorj profile image77
    connorjposted 5 years ago

    This is indeed a profound question; one that makes one contemplate that there may very well be a major flaw in the Native Species vs. Introduced Species debate.

 
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