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Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species - Belgium
Desmet P, Reyserhove L, Oldoni D, Groom Q, Adriaens T, Vanderhoeven S, Pagad S (2019): Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species - Belgium. v1.7. Invasive Species Specialist Group ISSG. Dataset/Checklist.
Contact: Desmet, Peter

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species - Belgium is a species checklist published by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG). It contains information on 2.500+ validated non-native taxa in Belgium and serves as the national reference for the Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS, Pagad et al. 2018). more

The checklist is built through an open and reproducible workflow (see step description) developed for the TrIAS project ( from the following sources: 1) Verloove et al. (2018, for plants, 2) Boets et al. (2018, for macroinvertebrates, 3) Verreycken et al. (2018a, for fishes, 4) Vanderweyen et al. (2018, for rust fungi, 5) Reyserhove et al. (2018, for various species, 6) Zieritz et al. (2018, for pathways, which are all published through the TrIAS project, and the GBIF Backbone Taxonomy ( for synonymy and classification. The unified checklist is published here as a standardized Darwin Core Archive and includes for each taxon: the scientific name, higher classification and stable taxon identifier, provided by the GBIF Backbone Taxonomy (in the taxon core) and related information in three extensions, provided by the source checklists (or the most trustworthy one in case of competing information). The related information consists of the year of first introduction and last assessment/observation in Belgium (given as a year range in the event date in the distribution extension), coarse habitat information (in the species profile extension) and the pathway(s) of introduction, native range(s), and invasion stage in Belgium (in the description extension). The source for each piece of information is credited. Issues with the dataset can be reported at

Marine, Fresh water, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Checklists, Introduced species, Invasive species, Belgium, Animalia, Chromista, Fungi, Plantae

Geographical coverage
Belgium [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 1500 - 31 December 2018

Taxonomic coverage
Animalia [WoRMS]
Chromista [WoRMS]
Fungi [WoRMS]
Plantae [WoRMS]

Belgian Science Policy; Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPF), moredata creator
IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Plantentuin Meise, moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2019-04-11
Information last updated: 2020-03-17
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