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Invasion Dynamics of the European Green Crab, Carcinus maenas, in Australia


Thresher, R and Proctor, C and Ruiz, G and Gurney, R and MacKinnon, C and Walton, W and Rodriguez, L and Bax, NJ, Invasion Dynamics of the European Green Crab, Carcinus maenas, in Australia, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 142, (5) pp. 867-876. ISSN 0025-3162 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00227-003-1011-1


In Australia and most other invaded locations, rates of range expansion by the European shore crab, Carcinus maenas, are typically only a few kilometres per year, despite a planktonic duration upwards of 50 days and off-shore larval development. This relatively static distribution is punctuated by rare episodes of long-distance and large-scale spread, some of which appear to be related to unusual oceanographic conditions and some of which are likely to be human assisted. These observations suggest, first, that long planktonic duration and off-shore development in a marine invertebrate does not preclude very localised recruitment, and, second, that this recruitment norm may be punctuated by brief episodes of wide scale mixing of propagules. Punctuated dispersal has previously been suggested to account for large-scale biogeographic patterns of distribution and speciation, but may also have implications for the processes that stabilise structured spatial metapopulations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bax, NJ (Professor Nicholas Bax)
ID Code:47788
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:76
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2007-09-21
Last Modified:2007-09-21

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