Macrobrachium heterochirus
(cascade river prawn)
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Macrobrachium heterochirus (Wiegmann, 1836)

Common name: cascade river prawn

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Native Range: Brackish to full fresh water. Widespread from Mexico and the Caribbean Islands south to Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela in South America (DeGrave 2013).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: First documented in the US in Black Creek, South Miami Heights, Florida, on the west side of flood control dam at Franjo Road and Bel Aire Drive in 1969 (Holthuis and Provenzano 1970).

References: (click for full references)

De Grave, S. 2013. Macrobrachium heterochirus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.

Holthuis, L.B., and A.J. Provenzano, Jr. 1970. New distribution records for species of Macrobrachium with notes on the distribution of the genus in Florida (Decapoda, Palaemonidae). Crustaceana 19(2):211-213.

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Revision Date: 8/28/2015

Citation Information:
U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Macrobrachium heterochirus (Wiegmann, 1836): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 8/28/2015, Access Date: 3/22/2018

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