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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

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

CAAB Code: 28 756002 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Macrobrachium rosenbergii   (De Man, 1879)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 28 - Crustacea - Malacostraca Malacostracans: isopods, amphipods, euphausiids and decapods (prawns, lobsters, crabs, etc.)

Photographic Index of Australian Fishes (PIAF) Imported specimen

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Family: 28 756 Palaemonidae (palaemonid shrimps) - show full list
Common Name: [a carid shrimp]
Common Names List: Giant Freshwater Prawn/Shrimp
Organism Type: a carid shrimp
Synonyms: Macrobrachium dacqueti
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Special purpose listing - see taxon notes
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Freshwater
Parent Codes: 28 756901     Macrobrachium spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
00 701113
Taxon Notes:This name was used for all large freshwater prawns from the Australasian region, but now only applies to animals from western Asia (west of Huxley Line). This species is widely farmed in Asia (& imported as seafood into Australia), but differs from the native Australian species M. spinipes (see Wowor & Ng, 2007; Ng & Wowor, 2011). All previous records of M. rosenbergii from Australia, New Guinea & eastern Asia need to be re-examined to determine which species they really apply to.
Scientific Name Notes:This species was called Macrobrachium dacqueti by Wowor & Ng (2007), but this name has since been suppressed by the ICZN in favour of M. rosenbergii in the interests of retaining this well-known name for the species that is widely fished and farmed in Asia. See Ng & Wowor, 2011.

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2016-05-12
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
Record source: Wowor, D., Ng, P.K.L., 2007. The giant freshwater prawns of the Macrobrachium rosenbergii species group (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Palaemonidae)., The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 55(2): 321-336.
Scientific Name
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Ng, P.K.L., Wowor, D., 2011. On the nomenclature of the palaemonid names Palaemon spinipes Desmarest, 1817, Palaemon spinipes Schenkel, 1902, and Macrobrachium wallacei Wowor & Ng, 2008 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea)., Zootaxa, Vol. 2904: 66-68.
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