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Killer Shrimp

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Killer shrimp
Scientific Name:

Dikerogammarus villosus (Sowinsky, 1894) (CABI)

Common Name:
Killer shrimp
Photo:
Killer shrimp - Photo by S. Giesen; NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Native To:

Eastern Europe (NAS Database)

Date of U.S. Introduction:

Not introduced

Means of Introduction:

Could enter the U.S. through ballast water discharge (NAS Database)

Impact:

In Europe, killer shrimp populations have caused significant ecological disruption by reducing biodiversity (NAS Database)

Current U.S. Distribution:
Not currently established

Selected Resources

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Partnership

Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Citations

  • CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Dikerogammarus villosus. CAB International. [Accessed Mar 5, 2015].

  • Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System and Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Fact Sheet - Killer Shrimp. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Jul 19, 2016].