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First record of the Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne Edwards, 1853 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Varunidae) from Lake Ladoga, Russia
Panov, V.E. (2006). First record of the Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne Edwards, 1853 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Varunidae) from Lake Ladoga, Russia. Aquat. Invasions 1(1): 28-31
In: Aquatic Invasions. Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC): Helsinki. ISSN 1798-6540, more
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Keywords
    Introduced species; Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne Edwards, 1853 [WoRMS]; Russia, Ladoga L. [Marine Regions]; Brackish water; Fresh water

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Abstract
    A special survey has been conducted to record the distribution of Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis in the eastern Gulf of Finland basin (Baltic Sea). An illustrated questionnaire/registration form was distributed among the commercial fishermen. The survey indicated a significant increase in the abundance of adult crabs in 2003 migrating downstream in the Neva River, the connecting channel between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga. On October 25, 2005, the Chinese mitten crab was reported from Taypolovsky Bay, Lake Ladoga and this is the first confirmed record from Europe’s largest lake.

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