Macrobrachium macrobrachion
(brackish river prawn)
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Macrobrachium macrobrachion (Herklots, 1851)

Common name: brackish river prawn

Synonyms and Other Names: Palaemon africanus Kingsley, 1892

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Size: Maximum total length 78 mm (Holthuis, 1980)

Native Range: Eastern Atlantic: West Africa from Senegal to North Angola (Holthuis, 1980)
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Nonindigenous Occurrences: Indian River and Canal 54 in Florida.

Ecology: Fresh and brackish water (Holthuis, 1980).

Means of Introduction: Released by aquaculturists experimenting with this prawn.

Status: Unknown.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown

References: (click for full references)

Holthuis, L. B. 1980. FAO species catalogue. Vol.1. Shrimps and prawns of the world. An  annonated catalogue of species of interest to fisheries. FAO Fisheries Synopsis (125) Vol. 1:271 p.  []

Author: Benson, A.J.

Revision Date: 11/30/2006

Citation Information:
Benson, A.J., 2018, Macrobrachium macrobrachion (Herklots, 1851): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 11/30/2006, Access Date: 1/23/2018

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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2018]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [1/23/2018].

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