Study: Killer Shrimp May Be the Next Major Invasive Species to Hit the Great Lakes

February 10, 2015 12:19 AM

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Study: Killer Shrimp May Be the Next Major Invasive Species to Hit the Great Lakes

Killer shrimp is a fast-growing invasive species that can prey on a wide range of invertebrates its size, destabilizing freshwater ecosystems in the process.

A species of shrimp native to Eastern Europe is now a cause for concern for biologists studying the Great Lakes. Its scientific name is Dikerogammarus villosus, but experts know this voracious crustacean simply as the killer shrimp. The shrimp itself is only about an inch long, but its large mandibl...

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