The Killer Shrimp - Dikerogammarus villosus

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The Killer Shrimp - Dikerogammarus villosus

Postby SteveMcBill on Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:23 pm

The Killer Shrimp - Dikerogammarus villosus:

Dikerogammarus villosus, (Sowinsky, 1894) - NHMSYS0020475521 - crustacean

The freshwater shrimp Dikerogammarus villosus (the Killer Shrimp) has been found in Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire. Apparently this is a highly invasive non-native shrimp from the Ponto-Caspian region, it is considerably larger than our native species and much more aggressive. Please see link below for more info on this species, including photos and a video, together with details of how to report any sightings:

https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnat ... x.cfm?id=3

Steve

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DVillosusID_Web.pdf
An identification document in PDF format to aid in splitting
this freshwater shrimp from other British species.
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