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Chinese Mitten Crab

Image Credit: NNSS

Status: Potential. Not yet established

Habitat: Marine

Threat: Threatens ecosystem and protected species


  • hair-like ‘mitten’ on distinctive white-tipped claws.


  • burrows into banks to live as it migrates upstream
  • feeds on invertebrates and fish
  • known to sometimes carry the parasite lung fluke which can be harmful to humans.


  • where present in large numbers, they can harm native fish populations
  • can cause subsidence of river banks.


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