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Ligia exotica
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Ligia exotica
Taxonomic Group: Crustaceans-Isopods
Common name: SEA ROACH

Overview:

Ligia exotica is commonly known as the Sea Roach. It was first described from shipping docks in Marseilles, France, but is native to the Indo-Pacific and Asia. Introduced populations are found on the East Coast of North America (New Jersey to the Caribbean), the Azores, West Africa, Argentina, and a number of Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. It is a fast-running, semi-terrestrial, isopod found on rocky shorelines, wharf pilings, and harbor areas. Likely vectors for its global distribution include 'dry' ballast, and the moist cargo-holds and damp niches on the decks of ships. Although it is widely introduced, no economic or ecological impacts have been reported.

* Content for this species is based on the literature and peer review is pending - if you have comments or feedback please contact Paul Fofonoff at fofonoffp@si.edu

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Citation:

Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis/.
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