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A New Alien Crab in Europe: Hemigrapsus Sanguineus (Decapoda: Brachyura: Grapsidae)

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Abstract The Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus is recorded for the first time in two European localities, Le Havre in France and the former estuary “Oosterschelde” in the Netherlands. While breeding populations occur in the former, only two male specimens were found in the latter. In both places, this alien species was mixed with the common shore crab Carcinus maenas.

Affiliations: 1: a Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Place du vieux marché, F-76600 Le Havre, France ( ; 2: b Schorerstraat 14, NL-4341 GN Arnemuiden, Nederland ( ; 3: c Biologie des invertébrés marins (ESA CNRS 8044), Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 55 rue Buffon, F-75005 Paris, France (


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