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 the aquarium department


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The studies were carried out under the RFBR grant No. 18-44-920016 “Dynamics and consequences of the introduction of alien species of fish and invertebrates into biocenoses of Sevastopol coast and bays” and partially within the framework of IBSS state research assignment No. 121040600178-6 “Structural and functional organization, productivity, and sustainability of marine pelagic ecosystems.”



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