Invasive SpeciesChinese mitten crab

Eriocheir sinensis
NOT FOUND by Elmosalgae
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Elmoscrabs
Peer reviewed by Elmosalgae
Field Notes
I am happy because we are outside at the beach and the view is beautiful. I hear people yelling and talking. I see rocks, seaweed and sand. I smell the salty air and the ocean. I am not surprised that we didn't find the Chinese Mitten Crab, but I am surprised at the number of green crabs. Some questions I had were what type of habitat the Chinese Mitten Crab likes.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I know we didn't find one because the crabs we found were not big enough and they were not the right shape and color. Also, when we counted the spikes on the front of the crab, we found 5 instead of 4, which means that it was a Green Crab instead of a Chinese Mitten Crab.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Eriocheir sinensis
Common name:
Chinese mitten crab
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.560200 °
W -70.217600 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Coastal - Rocky intertidal
Trip Information
Kettle Cove
Trip date: 
Thu, 2018-10-25 08:45
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Time of low tide: 


Great working counting the spines to help you ID the crab!