Geneticists unravel secrets of super-invasive crayfish

The marbled crayfish threatens to crowd out seven native species in Madagascar. Credit: Ranja Andriantsoa.

The marbled crayfish (Procambarus virginalis) discovered for the first time in an aquarium in Germany in the 1990s, is an invasive species of crayfish.  This crayfish can breed without mating and is spreading rapidly across Madagascar. Molecular biologists have sequenced the genome of this species. DNA analysis suggests the self-cloning is a genetic hybrid.

Here is the link of the news published in the journal Nature on February:

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