International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2014


A systematic study on genus Metapenaeus wood-mason, 1891 with special reference to extended distribution of four species from Indian water


Author(s): Angsuman Chanda

Abstract: Genus Metapenaeus is a largest group of penaeid prawn found in Indian water. It was M. J. George (1979) who tried to study the genus in a comprehensive manner along with other genus under family Penaeidae. In his contribution he listed 11 species under the genus. Out of his enlisted 11 species Metapenaeus burkenroadi Kubo, 1954 is synonymised with Metapenaeus moyebi (Kishinouye, 1896) by Miquel (1982). Later on Metapenaeus elegans De Man, 1907 was recorded by Silas and Muthu (1974) from Andaman Sea; Metapenaeus intermedius (Kishinouye, 1900) recorded by Johnson (1976) also from Andaman Sea and Metapenaeus eboracensis Dall, 1957 was recently reported by Chanda (2014) from India. Though the former two are still valid species but these were not placed in the list of George (1979). As such the studied genus contain a total of 14 species in Indian water. The present study is an attempt to revise the up-to-date taxonomic status, distribution, diagnosis and key to the species found in Indian water.


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