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Invasive Potential of Pet-Traded Pill-Box Crabs from Genus Limnopilos

Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 16500 Praha-Suchdol, Czech Republic
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Ke Karlovu 2027/3, 12116 Praha, Czech Republic
Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Indonesia Open University, Jl. Pondok Cabe Raya, Pamulang, Tangerang Selatan 15418, Indonesia
Department of Aquatic Resources Management, Faculty of Fisheries, Bogor Agricultural University, Jl. Agathis No. 1 Kampus FPIK IPB Dramaga, Bogor 16680, Indonesia
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Diversity 2019, 11(6), 91;
Received: 19 April 2019 / Revised: 10 June 2019 / Accepted: 11 June 2019 / Published: 14 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biology, Ecology, Ethology and Taxonomy of Crustaceans)
The pet trade in aquatic animals is known to be one of the main sources of non-native species worldwide. Freshwater decapod crustaceans have increased in popularity as ornamentals in the last two decades. Freshwater crabs of the genus Limnopilos were discovered by hobby aquarists and introduced on the market in 2008. They are generally considered interesting additions to an aquarium, but information about their living requirements are scarce. Additionally, their invasive potential is not known. Here, we present a survey of the availability of Limnopilos crabs on the market in Europe and North America and analyzed the invasive potential of all species from the genus based on climate matching from a global perspective. The only species recorded in the pet trade is L. naiyanetri, but future introduction of other species is discussed. Certain tropical regions were identified as the most suitable for the potential establishment of Limnopilos crabs including the northern part of South America, and L. microrhynchus was evaluated as the highest risk species. In this pilot study, we also suggest some points to be answered regarding further improving the risk assessment and also recommend continuous monitoring of the market for ornamental decapods. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquarium; ornamental aquaculture; Decapoda; Brachyura; Hymenosomatidae; risk assessment; ecology; climate matching aquarium; ornamental aquaculture; Decapoda; Brachyura; Hymenosomatidae; risk assessment; ecology; climate matching
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Patoka, J.; Bohatá, L.; Karella, T.; Marková, J.; Yuliana, E.; Yonvitner, Y. Invasive Potential of Pet-Traded Pill-Box Crabs from Genus Limnopilos. Diversity 2019, 11, 91.

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