- The Atlantic blue crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun 1896 is included among the worst invasive alien species in the Mediterranean Sea. Here we report the finding of the species in two Sicilian rivers, the Irminio and the Imera Meridionale, where it was collected up to 6 km distant from the river mouths. Although several records of the species are already available from Italy, this is the first evidence of the occurrence of this invasive crab this far from the coastline throughout the Country. In the light of the well-known impact of the Atlantic blue crab on the invaded water bodies, the monitoring of the species and appropriate mitigation strategies should be implemented in order to protect the threatened native biota of the Sicilian inland waters.

Vecchioni L., Russotto S., Arculeo M., Marrone F. (2022). On the occurrence of the invasive Atlantic blue crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun 1896 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Portunidae) in Sicilian inland waters. NATURAL HISTORY SCIENCES, 9(2), 43-46 [10.4081/nhs.2022.586].

On the occurrence of the invasive Atlantic blue crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun 1896 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Portunidae) in Sicilian inland waters

Vecchioni L.
Primo
;
Arculeo M.
Penultimo
;
Marrone F.
Ultimo
2022-10-20

Abstract

- The Atlantic blue crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun 1896 is included among the worst invasive alien species in the Mediterranean Sea. Here we report the finding of the species in two Sicilian rivers, the Irminio and the Imera Meridionale, where it was collected up to 6 km distant from the river mouths. Although several records of the species are already available from Italy, this is the first evidence of the occurrence of this invasive crab this far from the coastline throughout the Country. In the light of the well-known impact of the Atlantic blue crab on the invaded water bodies, the monitoring of the species and appropriate mitigation strategies should be implemented in order to protect the threatened native biota of the Sicilian inland waters.
Settore BIO/05 - Zoologia
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Vecchioni L., Russotto S., Arculeo M., Marrone F. (2022). On the occurrence of the invasive Atlantic blue crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun 1896 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Portunidae) in Sicilian inland waters. NATURAL HISTORY SCIENCES, 9(2), 43-46 [10.4081/nhs.2022.586].
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