Australian Museum Journal The Australian freshwater prawns of the family Atyidae

Shortform:
Riek, 1953, Rec. Aust. Mus. 23(3): 111–121
Author(s):
Riek, E. F.
Year published:
1953
Title:
The Australian freshwater prawns of the family Atyidae
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
23
Issue:
3
Start page:
111
End page:
121
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.23.1953.625
Language:
English
Date published:
21 October 1953
Cover date:
21 October 1953
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
22 April 2009
Available online:
22 July 2009
Reference number:
625
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (106kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1294kb PDF)

Abstract

Very little is known of the Australian freshwater Atyidae. These small prawns are widespread in all the permanent waters, occurring in small waterholes as well as in larger lakes and streams. They generally prefer areas where there is an abundant growth of aquatic plants but are also found in quite open water. Some of the species are found only just above the tidal zone and others where the water is slightly brackish. There are only two major papers on the Australian representatives of this group and these were both published in 1926. Most surprisingly the close appearance of the two has not resulted in any synonymy. Calman (1926) erected a new genus Caridinides for a north Queensland species and representatives of three well known genera Atya, Paratya and Caridina also occur.

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