Texas Invasive Species Institute

Texas Invasive Species Institute

Reporting Invasive Species

How to Report an Invasive to TISI:

1. Download and fill out the General Invasives Reporting Form.
2. Email the General Invasives Reporting Form along with any pictures of the invasive species to TISI@shsu.edu

**If possible when taking pictures, use an object of commonly known size (like a coin) so that we are able to estimate size of the invasive.**

To submit the Invasive Species Report through email, you must save it to your computer under a different file name then what it is already labeled, ie: change title then email to TISI@shsu.edu

Forms:

Cactus Moth Reporting Form
General Invasives Reporting Form
Reporting Form for Identification of Ants

Collecting Specimens

Specimens are always welcome. If you wish to collect one to assist with identification, please keep a record with the actual specimen of location collected and the date. Because there are different methods of storing different types of specimens, It is best to write in pencil, because ink will run in water or alcohol. Always be sure to keep the specimen secure to avoid the spread of the collected species.

Specimen storing specifications:

Vertebrates(fish, etc.) - Seal in a plastic bag and freeze.

Invertebrates(insects, mussels, worms, etc.) - Place tissue in a jar or vial. Store invertebrate in the vial or jar with enough rubbing alcohol inside to keep tissue moist. If tissue dries out, replenish alcohol.

Plants - These specimens should include the stem with leaves intact. If the plant has flowers and/or fruits, please submit those intact also. DO NOT place plants in plastic bags or bottles for risk of decomposition. Instead place plant specimens between two sheets of newspaper and apply constant weight to the specimen for an hour. A pressed specimen can never become too dry for a plant taxonomist.

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