The paper presents the biogeography, history, and some ecological consequences of the introduction of alien decapod species in Poland, with extensive reference to other European countries. Among some 585 species of Crustacea recorded in Polish waters, 18 representatives of five orders of macrocrustaceans are identified as alien species that either invaded or were introduced to Polish waters in historical times. Of this number, seven species are Decapoda: Pontastacus leptodactylus, Pacifastacus leniusculus, Orconectes limosus, Atyaephyra desmaresti, Palaemon elegans, Rhithropanopeus harrisii, Eriocheir sinensis.
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