Alien Crustaceans Along the Southern and Western Baltic Sea

  • Krzysztof JażdżewskiEmail author
  • Michał Grabowski
Part of the Invading Nature - Springer Series in Invasion Ecology book series (INNA, volume 6)


A detailed account is given as to when and how alien crustaceans have entered the Baltic Sea, with special emphasis on the regions to south and west. The biogeographic origin of the species, their vectors and arrival pathways, as well as ecological and economic impacts are discussed. Altogether 19 alien crustacean species were hitherto recorded in the south-western Baltic Sea; of which 8 are of Ponto-Caspian and 4 of North American origins. The impact of these newcomers upon the Baltic ecosystem has not been perceived as significant. However, in some lagoons and estuaries, the rapid increase of population abundance in some species did cause disturbances.


Alien Species Planktivorous Fish Vistula Lagoon Curonian Lagoon Chinese Mitten Crab 
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The authors wish to thank Anna Jażdżewska for help in managing and formatting the references, as well as Tomasz Rewicz for preparing the figures. The study was financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (grant no. NN 304 2891 33). Finally thanks are due to James T. Carlton, to another anonymous reviewer, as well as to the editors of this volume, Bella S. Galil and Paul F. Clark for their valuable remarks.


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  1. 1.Laboratory of Biogeography and Invertebrate Ecology, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and HydrobiologyUniversity of LodzLodzPoland

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