First records of the sponge crab Dromia personata (Brachyura) in the Netherlands and its historical findings in the North Sea

Godfried W.N.M. Van Moorsel, Floris P. Bennema, Reindert Nijland

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Abstract

Only a few records exist of the sponge crab Dromia personata in the North Sea. Most records are in local languages, and have limited availability. On 11 August 2016, D. personata was found by divers in the Eastern Scheldt, a former estuary in the south-western part of the Netherlands. In the months to follow, at least four other individuals were observed by divers at the same and nearby locations. This paper lists these and former records in the North Sea. The distribution pattern, and the possible migration of the sponge crab in relation to environmental conditions such as seawater temperature are discussed, as well as the crab's use of the non-native sponge Celtodoryx ciocalyptoides.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
JournalMarine Biodiversity Records
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Distribution expansion
  • Dromia personata
  • North Sea
  • Southern species
  • Sponge crab

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