Statkevich S. V., Ershov A. B. Detection of an alien species of the Pilumnidae family off the coast of Sevastopol (the Black Sea). Marine Biological Journal, 2023, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 93-98. https://doi.org/10.21072/mbj.2023.08.1.08



In July 2018, during Black Sea hydrobionts sampling, a crab of the family Pilumnidae was detected in the coastal area of the southwestern Crimea. Bottom sediments in the spot of crab finding are represented by a solid substrate. At the time of sampling, the water temperature was +24 °C, and the salinity was 18.0‰. According to morphological characteristics, the specimen we found was classified as a hairy crab Pilumnus cf. vespertilio (Fabricius, 1793) – a representative of the Indo-Pacific. In the work, photographs of alive and fixed crab are given.


S. V. Statkevich
senior researcher, PhD



A. B. Ershov
head of aquarium department


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