Hydrobiologia

, Volume 595, Issue 1, pp 287–293 | Cite as

Global diversity of shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea) in freshwater

Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment

Abstract

Freshwater caridean shrimps account for approximately a quarter of all described Caridea, numerically dominated by the Atyidae and Palaemonidae. With the exception of Antarctica, freshwater shrimp are present in all biogeographical regions. However, the Oriental region harbours the majority of species, whilst the Nearctic and western Palaearctic are very species-poor. Many species are important components of subsistence fisheries, whilst the Giant River Prawn forms the basis of an extensive aquaculture industry. A total of 13 species are threatened or endangered, with one species formally extinct.

Keywords

Caridea Decapoda Freshwater Biodiversity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford University Museum of Natural HistoryOxfordUK
  2. 2.Biodiversity CentreNational Parks BoardSingaporeRepublic of Singapore
  3. 3.Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteMiamiUSA

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