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Alien macrocrustaceans in freshwater ecosystems in the eastern part of Flanders (Belgium)

(2010) BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY. 140(1). p.30-39
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Biological invasions of freshwater macroinvertebrates are gaining more and more interest because the ecological and economical impact of some of these species is high. Since crustacean taxa appear to be successful groups invading new areas, an inventory of the macrocrustaceans in Flanders was made. At least 22 freshwater macrocrustacean species have been reported from Flemish water bodies. A detailed study of six canals, one small artificial watercourse and one natural river in the eastern part of Flanders revealed that invaders such as Dikerogammarus villosus, Gammarus tigrinus and Chelicorophium curvispinum are already quite common. Especially D. villosus is currently rapidly expanding and has a serious impact on native and other exotic gammarid species. Based on observations in neighbouring countries, several additional species are expected to arrive in the near future. A follow-up of the alien species together with a monitoring scheme to detect new incoming species is valuable to estimate the size of the problem and to be able to closely follow their ecological and economical impact.
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INVADER DIKEROGAMMARUS-VILLOSUS, CHINESE MITTEN CRAB, PULEX L. CRUSTACEA, BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS, ERIOCHEIR-SINENSIS, RIVER MEUSE, AMPHIPODA, MACROINVERTEBRATES, CONSEQUENCES, BIODIVERSITY, Chelicorophium curvispinum, Dikerogammarus villosus, exotic species, macroinvertebrates, Gammarus tigrinus

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Messiaen, Marjolein, Koen Lock, Wim Gabriels, Thierry Vercauteren, Karel Wouters, Pieter Boets, and Peter Goethals. 2010. “Alien Macrocrustaceans in Freshwater Ecosystems in the Eastern Part of Flanders (Belgium).” Belgian Journal of Zoology 140 (1): 30–39.
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Messiaen, M., Lock, K., Gabriels, W., Vercauteren, T., Wouters, K., Boets, P., & Goethals, P. (2010). Alien macrocrustaceans in freshwater ecosystems in the eastern part of Flanders (Belgium). BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 140(1), 30–39.
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Messiaen M, Lock K, Gabriels W, Vercauteren T, Wouters K, Boets P, et al. Alien macrocrustaceans in freshwater ecosystems in the eastern part of Flanders (Belgium). BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY. 2010;140(1):30–9.
MLA
Messiaen, Marjolein et al. “Alien Macrocrustaceans in Freshwater Ecosystems in the Eastern Part of Flanders (Belgium).” BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY 140.1 (2010): 30–39. Print.
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  abstract     = {Biological invasions of freshwater macroinvertebrates are gaining more and more interest because the ecological and economical impact of some of these species is high. Since crustacean taxa appear to be successful groups invading new areas, an inventory of the macrocrustaceans in Flanders was made. At least 22 freshwater macrocrustacean species have been reported from Flemish water bodies. A detailed study of six canals, one small artificial watercourse and one natural river in the eastern part of Flanders revealed that invaders such as Dikerogammarus villosus, Gammarus tigrinus and Chelicorophium curvispinum are already quite common. Especially D. villosus is currently rapidly expanding and has a serious impact on native and other exotic gammarid species. Based on observations in neighbouring countries, several additional species are expected to arrive in the near future. A follow-up of the alien species together with a monitoring scheme to detect new incoming species is valuable to estimate the size of the problem and to be able to closely follow their ecological and economical impact.},
  author       = {Messiaen, Marjolein and Lock, Koen and Gabriels, Wim and Vercauteren, Thierry and Wouters, Karel and Boets, Pieter and Goethals, Peter},
  issn         = {0777-6276},
  journal      = {BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY},
  keywords     = {INVADER DIKEROGAMMARUS-VILLOSUS,CHINESE MITTEN CRAB,PULEX L. CRUSTACEA,BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS,ERIOCHEIR-SINENSIS,RIVER MEUSE,AMPHIPODA,MACROINVERTEBRATES,CONSEQUENCES,BIODIVERSITY,Chelicorophium curvispinum,Dikerogammarus villosus,exotic species,macroinvertebrates,Gammarus tigrinus},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {30--39},
  title        = {Alien macrocrustaceans in freshwater ecosystems in the eastern part of Flanders (Belgium)},
  url          = {http://www.naturalsciences.be/institute/associations/rbzs_website/bjz/back/pdf/BJZ_140_1/BJZ_Messiaen.pdf},
  volume       = {140},
  year         = {2010},
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