Status: Potential. Not yet established
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.