Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758)

European Green Crab

CLASSIFICATION

Main Group: Animal

Sublevel 1: Non-chordate Invertebrate

Sublevel 2: Invertebrate with bilateral symmetry

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Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Malacostraca

Order: Decapoda

Family: Portunidae

Genus: Carcinus

Species: Carcinus maenas

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND

Origin: Introduced

Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: Yes

Listing:
Guide to Marine Invaders in the Gulf of ME: Established Invasives
MA Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan (2002): Marine species
MIT Sea Grant Hitchhikers Guide to Exotic Species
NEANS' Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Northeast
USGS NAS - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species

Rarity Designations:
CT WAP (2015) - GCN (Very Important)

BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Feeding Type: Heterotroph

HABITAT

ASSOCIATED SPECIES

PHOTOS OF Carcinus maenas

PHOTOS OF SPECIES ASSOCIATIONS