Polar Record

Research Article

History of exotic terrestrial mammals in Antarctic regions

R. K. Headlanda1

a1 Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER (rkh10@cam.ac.uk)


A concise account of exotic terrestrial mammals known to have been introduced in Antarctica and the 19 peri-Antarctic islands is provided. This includes the entire region currently relevant to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Of the 24 introduced species 10 are extant at one or more locations in 2011. Some species have had a widespread distribution and others are represented by one, or a few, individuals. The majority arrived as deliberate introductions but that of some was adventitious. Details of their dates of introduction, current status, and indications of environmental effects, are tabulated. Current eradication programmes are noted.

(Received September 2010)

(Online publication August 04 2011)