Penaeus aztecus Ives, 1891 (Crustacea, Decapoda), in the Scheldt estuary (Belgium): Isolated record or forerunner of a penaeid invasion?

Jan Soors, Jan Breine, Cédric d'Acoz d'Udekem, Ericia Van den Bergh, Frank Van de Meutter, Thomas Terrie

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A single specimen of the penaeid prawn Penaeus aztecus (Ives, 1891) was recorded in 2018 in the brackish zone of the Scheldt estuary near Antwerp (Belgium). The presence of this species, native to the West Atlantic, might result either from ships' ballast water coming from transatlantic boat shipping, from illegal import or from a considerable expansion leap northwards from the Mediterranean Sea, where this species has recently established and now has rapidly expanding invasive populations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Publication statusPublished - 7-Jul-2020

Thematic List 2020

  • Invasive species

Thematic list

  • Species and biotopes

Taxonomic list

  • barnacles, crabs, lobsters and shrimps (Crustacea)

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  • Belgium

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