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Discovery of ‘killer’ shrimp alarms experts – Science, News – The Independent

Discovery of ‘killer’ shrimp alarms experts – Science, News – The Independent.

For the first time the vicious shrimp Dikerogammarus villosus has been found in Britain, causing consternation among scientists charged with keeping the country’s waterways stocked with native wildlife.

Visually, the brown crustacean may not inspire in the public the terror generated by more fearsome monsters of the deep, but a hint of the menace scientists say it is capable of can be gleaned from its nickname: the killer shrimp.

A particularly voracious and aggressive predator, Dikerogammarus villosus preys on a range of invertebrates, particularly native shrimps and young fish, sometimes causing their extinction. It tends to dominate its habitat, killing and maiming unselectively.

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