First record of the non-indigenous mussel Limnoperna fortunei (Bivalvia, Mytilidae) as an epibiont of the crab Trichodactylus borellianus (Decapoda, Trichodactylidae)

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In the area of Middle Paraná River, Argentina, in the pleuston community associated with the roots of Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms-Laubach, 1883, an epibiosis of the non-indigenous mussel Limnoperna fortunei (Dunker, 1857) on the native crab Trichodactylus borellianus Nobili, 1896 was occasionally recorded. The organisms were measured, weighed, and photographed. Attached molluscs were larger and heavier than their host crabs. This new interaction in the system was analyzed with regard to several biological and ecological characteristics of both species.

First record of the non-indigenous mussel Limnoperna fortunei (Bivalvia, Mytilidae) as an epibiont of the crab Trichodactylus borellianus (Decapoda, Trichodactylidae)

in Crustaceana



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    Geographic location of the specimens of Trichodactylus borellianus Nobili, 1896 and Limnoperna fortunei (Dunker, 1857) collected.

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    Limnoperna fortunei (Dunker, 1857) biofouling the surface body of the crab Trichodactylus borellianus Nobili, 1896: a, dorsal view of crab 1 with one mollusc; b, front view of crab 2 with two molluscs; c, ventral view of both crabs. Scale bars = 5 mm.

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