Common name: Tahitian prawn
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Size: Maximum total length 181 mm (Holthuis, 1980)
Native Range: Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to the Ryukyu Islands and the Marquesas (Holthuis, 1980). Australia, French Polynesia (Marquesas), Guam, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Tanzania (DeGrave 2013).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Macrobrachium lar are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Ecology: Freshwater; juvenile stages in brackish or saltwater (Holthuis, 1980).
Means of Introduction: Aquaculture.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
De Grave, S. 2013. Macrobrachium lar
. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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.
Revision Date: 8/28/2015
Benson, A.J., 2023, Macrobrachium lar: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=1201, Revision Date: 8/28/2015, Access Date: 3/28/2023
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