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Asian Shore Crab

Asian shore crab - USGSScientific name: Hemigrapsus sanguineus (De Haan, 1853) (ITIS)

Common names: Asian shore crab, Japanese shore crab, Pacific crab

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Native To: Western Pacific Ocean (McDermott 1991)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1988 in New Jersey (McDermott 1991)

Means of Introduction: Possibly through ballast water (NAS Database)

Impacts: Competes with native crustaceans and preys on other native species (NAS Database)

Current U.S. Distribution: Eastern U.S. coastal region

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Partnership

Invasive Species Compendium - Hemigrapsus sanguineus
CAB International.

Asian Shore Crab
Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.

New York Invasive Species Information - Asian shore crab
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Asian Shore Crab
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.

Asian Shore Crab
Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. Coastal Training Program. Rhode Island Marine & Estuarine Invasive Species Site.

Global Invasive Species Database - Hemigrapsus sanguineus (crustacean)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Government

Asian shore crab, Japanese shore crab, Pacific crab - Nonindigenous Species Information Bulletin
DOI. USGS. Florida Integrated Science Center.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database - Hemigrapsus sanguineus
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

Biological Synopsis of the Asian Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus (2012; PDF | 926 KB)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Centre of Expertise for Aquatic Risk Assessment.

Marine Pest: Asian shore crab (Aug 2008; PDF | 372 KB)
National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions (Australia).

State

The Asian Shore Crab
Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Academic

Hemigrapsus sanguineus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant. Center for Coastal Resources.

Professional

Asian shore crab
Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area (Texas).

Hemigrapsus sanguineus: Invasive to Maine (PDF | 315 KB)
Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Vital Signs.

Citations

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Hemigrapsus sanguineus. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

McDermott, J.J. 1991. A breeding population of the western Pacific crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Grapsidae) established on the Atlantic coast of North America. Biological Bulletin 181:195-198.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Eriocheir sinensis. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Sep 16, 2014].

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