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  • Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Volume 84, Issue 5
  • October 2004, pp. 1041-1050

First records of the oriental prawn Palaemon macrodactylus (Decapoda: Caridea), an alien species in European waters, with a revised key to British Palaemonidae

  • Christopher W. Ashelby (a1), Tim M. Worsfold (a1) and Charles H.J.M. Fransen (a2)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315404010392h
  • Published online: 12 October 2004
Abstract

This paper details the first recorded instance of the prawn Palaemon macrodactylus in Europe, at the Orwell estuary, Suffolk. The species is native to north-east Asia, including Japan and Korea, and has previously been introduced to other areas outside its natural range. Records of the abundance of caridean species, obtained from routine benthic trawl samples in the Stour and Orwell estuaries, provide a summary of P. macrodactylus' habitat preference in reduced-salinity waters. Consistent catches and records of ovigerous females provide evidence for the stability of the Orwell population. A revised key to British Palaemonidae is also provided.

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