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The fishhook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi) native to the Ponto-Caspian region, is an excellent example of an invasive species. Within one decade from its first appearance, Cercopagis pengoi has colonized nearly the entire Baltic Sea and most of the Great Lakes of North America. The species spread rapidly owing to its ecological and biological profile. The fishhook waterflea is an euryhaline organism marked by a predominance of parthenogenetic reproduction over sexual reproduction. This taxon quickly colonized inhabited ecosystems to create stable populations. The ecological and economic consequences of the species’ appearance are noticeable, but they have not been fully investigated and require further analysis.
Key words: Cercopagis pengoi, invasive species, Baltic Sea, Great Lakes of North America