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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Arthropoda (phylum)  »  Malacostraca (class)  »  Decapoda (order)  »  Penaeidae (family)

CAAB Code: 28 711925 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Melicertus spp.  

Rank: Genus
CAAB category: 28 - Crustacea - Malacostraca Malacostracans: isopods, amphipods, euphausiids and decapods (prawns, lobsters, crabs, etc.)
Family: 28 711 Penaeidae (penaeid prawns) - show full list
Common Name: [a penaeid prawn]
Organism Type: a penaeid prawn
Synonyms: Penaeus spp.
Penaeus (Melicertus) spp.
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Marine unspecified
Parent Codes: 28 711000     Penaeidae
Child Codes: 28 711043     Melicertus canaliculatus
28 711047     Melicertus latisulcatus
28 711048     Melicertus longistylus
28 711049     Melicertus marginatus
28 711052     Melicertus plebejus
Taxon Notes:This code is provided for use when identification of a specimen to this level is sufficient, or when no further detail is available.
Scientific Name Notes:Pérez Farfante & Kensley (1997) revised the genus Penaeus, splitting it into several genera, the status of which have been subject to considerable controversy since. While some authors regard Melicertus as of subgeneric status only, and some fully synonymise it back with Penaeus, here we retain it as a full genus, which is supported by recent molecular work by Hurzaid et al, 2020 showing it is a monophyletic group separate to Penaeus s.l.

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
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Record source: Pérez Farfante, I., Kensley, B., 1997. Penaeoid and sergestoid shrimps and prawns of the world. Keys and diagnoses for the families and genera., Mémoires du Musée nationale de l'Histoire naturelle, Paris, Vol. 175: 1-233.
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Hurzaid, A., Chan, T.-Y., Nor, S.A.M., Muchlisin, Z.A., Chen, W.-J., 2020. Molecular phylogeny and diversity of penaeid shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda) from South-East Asian waters., Zoologica Scripta, Vol. 49(5): 596-613. . doi:10.1111/zsc.12428 doi:10.1111/zsc.12428
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