Nippy invaders

EAST FREMANTLE council has asked residents to look out for the dangerous Asian paddle crab, which has the potential to cause havoc in the Swan River.

Although only four of the crabs have been found in the river in the last decade, the council this week posted a warning from the department of fisheries, which is concerned the aggressive crabs could ravage native species and wants to prevent a full-blown invasion.

• The Asian paddle crab

A native of Japan, Korea and Malaysia, the Asian paddle crab was first detected in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, but has now found its way to Whangarei, the country’s northernmost city, chomping on the local bivalve shells and other small crustaceans along the way. Anyone spotting a paddle crab should phone FishWatch’s 24 hour hotline on 1800 815 507.

by WILSON BELL 

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