The Fuzzy Invader - Claudia Alexandra Amorim Barrocas
Claudia Alexandra Amorim Barrocas
The Fuzzy Invader
The Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis) is one of the world's worst invasive species. They reproduce quickly, are omnivorous and can thrive in heavily polluted waters. Not only do they compete aggressively with smaller native species, they also cause widespread damage to the ecosystems by damaging river banks with their burrowing habits and blocking intake streams of lakes and rivers. This species requires salt water to hatch and develop as larvae, so they cannot colonize bodies of water too far removed from the sea. The young adults, however, migrate inland and can spend several years in freshwater before moving back to the sea for breeding. This large crab is very easy to recognize because of the distinct setal mats that cover its claws, which look like furry mittens.
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