The perfect invader: a parthenogenic crayfish poses a new threat to Madagascar’s freshwater biodiversity

  title={The perfect invader: a parthenogenic crayfish poses a new threat to Madagascar’s freshwater biodiversity},
  author={Julia P G Jones and Jeanne R. Rasamy and Andrew R. Harvey and Alicia Toon and Birgit Oidtmann and Michele H. Randrianarison and Noromalala Rasoamampionona Raminosoa and Olga Ramilijaona Ravoahangimalala},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
In 2007 an unusual crayfish found in food markets in the capital of Madagascar was preliminarily identified as Procambarus ‘Marmorkrebs’: a new world taxa and the only decapod known to reproduce by parthenogenesis. We present information on the identity, distribution and ecology of this recent invader and attempt to evaluate the threat it poses to Madagascar’s biodiversity and to livelihoods. The species appears to be currently limited to the area close to Antananarivo, but is being sold alive… CONTINUE READING
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