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Range DescriptionThis species is widespread, occurring in the Bahamas, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador (Guayas and Manabí provinces), Jamaica, Lesser Antilles, Mexico, Netherland Antilles, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Hunt et al. 2006). It is generally found close to sea level, but there are some records from higher elevations, up to 1,000 m, in Querétaro, Mexico.In Mexico, this species occurs in the states of Campeche, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, and Yucatán (Hunt et al. 2006). Records from Oaxaca and Tamaulipas require verification. In the United States, O. stricta occurs in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas (Hunt et al. 2006). In Brazil it can be found in the states of Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, and Bahia (Taylor and Zappi 2004). It is introduced and invasive in Europe, Africa, and Australia.
The species is thought to be introduced in Ecuador (N.P. Taylor pers. comm. 2011).