Assessment of risks to Norwegian biodiversity from the import and keeping of terrestrial arachnids and insects. Scientific Opinion on the Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered species of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety.

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has been asked by the Norwegian Environment Agency to undertake an assessment of the risks of negative impacts on biodiversity in Norway stemming from the import of terrestrial scorpions, tarantulas, mantids, and stick insects for private use. The committee was asked to assess (1) species survivability under Norwegian conditions, (2) possible impacts of private import on ecosystems and other species, (3) possible risks arising from the introduction...
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