Friday, April 29, 2005

Stone Crab Cold

Crab trappers in Collier County, Florida are alarmed at news that the South American Bocourt crab (Callinectes bocourti) has been discovered in Fakahatchee Bay. According to this story at NBC2 News, catches of stone crab (Menippe mercenaria) are already down, making trappers wonder what impact the introduction of another crab species will have. Biologists are concerned that the species may compete with its native congener, the blue crab C. sapidus. Apparently the Bocourt crab was discovered in back January, but just recently reported.

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