Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758) (ITIS)
European green crab, shore crab, Joe rocker
Europe (Carlton and Cohen 2003)
1817 (East Coast); 1980s (West Coast) (Carlton and Cohen 2003)
Possibly through ballast water, hull fouling, or intentional releases (Carlton and Cohen 2003)
Preys on bivalves and other crustaceans, such as soft-shell clams and scallops (Grosholz and Ruiz 2002)
North Atlantic coast; Pacific Coast
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Carlton, J.T. and A.N. Cohen. 2003. Episodic global dispersal in shallow water marine organisms: the case history of the European shore crabs Carcinus maenas and C. aestuarii. Journal of Biogeography 30(12):1809-1820.
Grosholz, E. and G. Ruiz. 2002. Management Plan for the European Green Crab (PDF | 517 KB) Submitted to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force by the Green Crab Control Committee.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Carcinus maenas. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].