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The occurrence of the American Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, in Israel waters
Holthuis, L.B.; Gottlieb, E. (1955). The occurrence of the American Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, in Israel waters. Bull. Res. Counc. Isr. Sect. B. Zool. 5B(2): 154-156
In: Bulletin of the Research Council of Israel, Section B: Zoology. Hashiloah Press: Jerusalem. ISSN 0375-9156, more

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  • Holthuis, L.B.
  • Gottlieb, E.

    During a recent investigation of the Decapod fauna of the Mediterranean coast of Israel, the existence there of the American Portunid crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun has been revealed. The species had not yet been reported from the Mediterranean but it has been found recently in European waters (the Atlantic coast of France, Holland and Denmark). Its frequent occurrence and the presence of ovigerous females, are strong indications that Callinectes has been established in Israel waters. It is found in similar habitats as in eastern America, in river estuaries and further upstream in water of extremely low salinity.The most probable suggestion as to how this species has been transported from the east coast of America to the Mediterranean is that small specimens of the crabs enter with the water into the ballast tanks of ships; they are thus transported in these tanks and released at the end of the voyage when the tanks are emptied.

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