|Title||First records of the sponge crab Dromia personata (Brachyura) in the Netherlands and its historical findings in the North Sea|
|Author(s)||Moorsel, Godfried W.N.M. Van; Bennema, Floris P.; Nijland, Reindert|
|Source||Marine Biodiversity Records 10 (2017)1. - ISSN 1755-2672|
Marine Animal Ecology
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Distribution expansion - Dromia personata - North Sea - Southern species - Sponge crab|
Only a few records exist of the sponge crab Dromia personata in the North Sea. Most records are in local languages, and have limited availability. On 11 August 2016, D. personata was found by divers in the Eastern Scheldt, a former estuary in the south-western part of the Netherlands. In the months to follow, at least four other individuals were observed by divers at the same and nearby locations. This paper lists these and former records in the North Sea. The distribution pattern, and the possible migration of the sponge crab in relation to environmental conditions such as seawater temperature are discussed, as well as the crab's use of the non-native sponge Celtodoryx ciocalyptoides.