Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne-Edwards, 1853

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Report the species

Report Eriocheir sinensis to the National Museum of Natural History.

Importance and distribution in Luxembourg

The species was first documented in Luxembourg in 1978 by Claude Meisch who found one individual in a pond of the Haff Réimech nature conservation reserve, municipality of Schengen (Dhur & Massard 1995).

The crab is a migrating and omnivorous predator. Predation and competing in combination with populations that can easily reach high numbers turn E. chinensis into a threat to a high range of native freshwater species, plants, fishes and invertebrates.

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: C0 (2+1+2+2) (Ries et al. 2017: 68).


  • Dhur, G. et J. A. Massard, 1995. Étude historique et faunistique des Invertébrés immigrés ou introduits dans la Moselle luxembourgeoise et ses affluents. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 96: 127-156.
  • Meisch, C. & J.A. Massard, 2015. Les recherches sur les crustacés (Crustacea) du Luxembourg : aperçu historique. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 116: 381-390. [PDF 1,22 MB]
  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]

Suggested citation of this webpage

Ries, C. & M. Pfeiffenschneider (Eds.), 2019. Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne-Edwards, 1853. In: - Invasive Alien Species in Luxembourg. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: [Accessed 2019-10-19].

 Last updated on Thursday, February 21, 2019.