A New Record of Shovel-Nosed Lobster Thenus unimaculatus Burton and Davie 2007 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Scyllaridae) from the Coastal Waters of Pakistan

  • Noor Us SaherEmail author
  • Farah Naz
  • Syeda Hadiqa Noor
  • Mustafa Kamal


This is the confirmation of new record of shovel-nosed lobster genus Thenus Leach, 1815: Thenus unimaculatus Burton and Davie, 2007 from the coastal waters of Pakistan. T. unimaculatus has been evaluated as data deficient in the IUCN Red List of threatened species: Red List Category and Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1, (IUCN 2011). T. unimaculatus previously identified from Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Mozambique, however, distribution is still imprecise. In addition, studies are lacking on habitat, distribution, abundance, population, and intimidations to T. unimaculatus. Additional studies are pre-requisite earlier for further precise conservation assessment. Twenty-six specimens of T. unimaculatus collected from the Karachi fish harbor Pakistan. The confirmation of species based on morphological, morphometrics and molecular (mitochondrial coding gene Cytochrome oxidase COI) approaches.


Thenus IUCN red list Threatened species Pakistan New record Cytochrome oxidase 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noor Us Saher
    • 1
    Email author
  • Farah Naz
    • 1
  • Syeda Hadiqa Noor
    • 1
  • Mustafa Kamal
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre of Excellence in Marine BiologyUniversity of KarachiKarachiPakistan
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyUniversity of KarachiKarachiPakistan

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