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Chinese Mitten Crab In State Waters, First Known Appearance

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Chinese Mitten Crab (Courtesy DEEP from Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)

Chinese Mitten Crab (Courtesy DEEP from Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)

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Another invasive species not native to this region has been found in Connecticut waterways. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it is the first known appearance of the Chinese mitten crab in state waters.

Anyone catching one of the crabs, which have long spidery legs with what appears to be a fuzzy growth on the claws, should report it to fisheries authorities.

The crab can cause riverbank erosion, clog pumps and pipes,  and affect native species like blue crabs in coastal waters.

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