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Crayfish in the Nile: A threat to biodiversity with potential for a booming industry - Egypt Independent

Crayfish in the Nile: A threat to biodiversity with potential for a booming industry

During the 1980s, an Egyptian shrimp farmer imported what he thought were the larvae of US freshwater shrimp. After growing the new species in his fish farm, however, he discovered that instead of shrimp, the larvae had developed into sharp-clawed crayfish called Procambarus clarkii that systematically destroyed his nets.