Unique wildlife of Galapagos Islands under threat from mosquitoes hitching lift on tourist boats

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:11 AM on 13th August 2009

Mosquitoes hitching lifts on boats and planes are threatening unique wildlife on the exotic islands which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, scientists said today.

Aircraft are routinely introducing the insects to the Galapagos Islands’ ecosystem, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Scientists said the mosquitoes had the potential to carry diseases lethal to many species on the islands in the Pacific.

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About Ecuador, Galápagos, the Hospitality & Tourism industry, Conservation and personal Tidbits from a Swiss Hôtelier working in Ecuador & Galapagos and committed to supporting and encouraging local youngsters in Education, Sports and Environmental protection via my Foundation "Nova Galápagos."
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