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ISSN : 2288-1115(Print)
ISSN : 2288-1123(Online)
Korean Journal of Ecology and Environment Vol.52 No.4 pp.340-347

Evaluation of Potential Distribution Area of the Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkia ) in South Korea

Dae-Seong Lee1, Young-Seuk Park1,2,*
1Department of Biology, Kyung Hee University, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Republic of Korea
2Department of Life and Nanopharmaceutical Sciences, Kyung Hee University, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Republic of Korea
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The red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkia) originated from the North America distribute widely as invasive species throughout the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America. The red swamp crayfish is also an invasive species in South Korea. We aimed to characterize the occurrence and distribution pattern of the red swamp crayfish, and evaluate the potential distribution of this species in South Korea. In South Korea, the red swamp crayfish was firstly reported in Seoul in 1996, and recently its occurrence is frequently reported at streams or reservoirs at different regions, showing the expansion of its distribution area. The red swamp crayfish has high potential to occur in the nationwide scale in South Korea because of their biological adaptation, effects of climate change, changes of their habitat condition, and various types of human activities. Finally, our results revealed the necessary to conduct an extensive field survey, to keep up a monitoring program for the occurrence of alien species, and to implement a strategy to prevent the dispersal of alien species in the natural ecosystems.

미국가재 (Procambarus clarkia)의 국내 출현 및 잠재 분포 지역 평가

이대성1, 박영석1,2,*
1경희대학교 생물학과, 2경희대학교 나노의약생명과학과