WANTED - MITTEN CRAB

By : Xavier Hinkle

NAME AND SCIENTFIC NAME -

Chinese Mitten Crab

PLANT OR ANIMAL -

Animal

AQUATIC OR TERRESTRIAL PEST-

Aquatic Pest

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION -

Brownish-Orange, Greenish- Brown with white tipped hairy claws. Round Shell

WHERE IS IT FROM -

Pacific coast of China and Korea

THREAT OR PROBLEM IN THE US -

The female can produce 100000- 1000000 eggs in one brood. They steal bait from fisher men. Huge loss in fish, They mess with water plants and pumping stations.

OCCUR IN THE USA -

California, Mid Atlantic region

SPECIES SPREAD -

When the females produce its by the river and their babies sometimes falls down the rivers and end up somewhere else. Attached to boats that where going to other places then when they got there they started to reproduce.

HOW DID GET TO THE US -

They were dropped in places to create fishery and food supply or juveniles were in our water on accident through transport of contaminated water.  

POPULATION  CONTROLLED -

Many methods like trapping trwaling physical barriers and harvest programs. The damage fishing nets, They are the host of Orinetal Lung Fluke which is very dangerous to the human.

RESEARCH -

http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/posters/Nonindigenous/Nonindigenous_Crustaceans/nonindigenous_crustaceans.html

http://www.anstaskforce.gov/spoc/mitten_crab.php

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/mitten...

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