Invasive SpeciesChinese mitten crab

Eriocheir sinensis
NOT FOUND by Flippinseagulls
2018-10-25
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Flippinseagulls
Peer reviewed by Flippinseaweed
Field Notes
On the day of Thursday, October 25th, 2018 the 7th grade went to kettle cove beach to look for invasive species. Our group was looking for the Chinese mitten crab. When we stepped out of the bus and we felt a little gust of wind. We first walked down to rocky part to the left of the large grassy patch. Once we had made it down to the rocks, we started on a mission to find the Chinese mitten crab. We first started by searching in the seaweed, we poked around at it and we first came upon a tiny green crab which we killed because they are invasive. We next went over to the bigger beach and looked at the shoreline. we couldn't find it there so we made our way over to the bridge on the same beach which had a bit of a river in searched there but yet again the Chinese mitten crab wasn't found. As we went back over to the rocks we where starting to lose a bit of hope but still had hope in finding this invasive crab. We had got to the rocks but this time further out and closer to the point. At the rocks, we were able to find a few green crabs, which in a way is good because they are still invasive, but we were still on the hunt for a Chinese mitten crab.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
We think we did not find it because a way to distinguish the Chinese mitten crab is that Chinese mitten crabs have 4 spines between there eyes and the side of there shell. All the crabs we found had 5 more spines between there eye and the side of there shell
Photo of my evidence.
A future the Chinese mitten crab has is white claws, this makes it look like they are wearing mittens over there claws. yet again none of the crabs we found had this feature, therefore, we did not find a Chinese mitten crab.
Photo of my evidence.
Something we found quite a bit was that some of the shells we found had lots of spots on the top. Chinese mitten crabs have a solid colored shell, therefore, we did not find 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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Latitude: 
N 43.561129 °
Longitude: 
W -70.217528 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Coastal - Rocky intertidal
Trip Information
Name:
Kettle Cove
Trip date: 
Thu, 2018-10-25 08:45
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Ecosystem: 
Coastal
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
Time of low tide: 
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