Macrobrachium malcolmsonii   (H. Milne Edwards,  1844) (Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Max. size: Male 230 mm TL, female 200 mm TL.

Color: Body and anterior two pairs of pereopods (chelipeds) dark grey, paler ventrally; antennae and inner flagella of antennules grey; outer flagella brownish.

Rostrum with 10-13 dorsal teeth (2 or 3 orbital) and 4-7 ventral teeth, reaching to about end of antennal scale, its tip slightly upcurved; upper margin with a toothed highly convex proximal part and a short upturned distal part carrying one or two teeth near the apex. Rostrum longer, equal to or slightly surpassing antennal scale; inner and outer margins of antennal scale subparallel. Chela of first pereopods with fingers shorter than palm; chela of second peropods with carpus shorter than palm. Telson gradually tapering to a sharp point, without posterior margin, tip of telson overreaching posterolateral spines. In adult males, carapace with spinules anteriorly; second air of pereopods with a very short pubescence which is especially distinct on the movable finger (except at its tip). The large chelipeds are subequal in length.

Synonym (s)
Palaemon malcolmsonii H. Milne Edwards, 1844
Palaemon malcolmsonii Henderson & Mathai, 1910
Macrobrachium malcolmsonii Holthuis, 1950

Common Name (s)
• Monsoon River Prawn (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or frozen. )

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Orissa, Rambha Bay INDIA (Record: 12/12/1985)
• Orissa, Barakul INDIA (Record: 13/09/1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• West Bengal, Hugli Matla Estuary INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)

Literature Source(s)
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