A synopsis of Macrobrachium Spence Bate, 1868 (Decapoda: Caridea: Palaemonidae) from Hong Kong, with description of a new species

Lai Him CHOW, Jeffery C F CHAN, Ling Ming TSANG*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


Only four freshwater shrimp species from the genus MacrobrachiumSpence Bate, 1868 are known previously from Hong Kong, namely M. formosenseSpence Bate, 1868, M. hainanense (Parisi, 1919), M. meridionaleLiang & Yan, 1983, and M. nipponense (De Haan, 1849). This is likely an underestimate as a result of insufficient sampling, given that recent efforts revealed several new records in their counterpart family Atyidae, and the presence of many more Macrobrachium species from the region (i.e., Guangdong Province, China). We report the occurrence of three more species in Hong Kong: M. equidens (Dana, 1852), M. lar (Fabricius, 1798), M. venustum (Parisi, 1919), and a new species being described, M. lantausp. nov. The new species is erected from the highly variable M. equidens species complex, distinctive in live colouration and genetics. Decisive morphological differences from M. equidens sensu lato could not be confidently elucidated until the species complex is fully resolved. Molecular analysis shows that ‘M. hainanense’ reported from Hong Kong actually refers to M. laevisZheng, Chen & Guo, 2019. Morphological (and molecular) evidence suggest that M. inflatumLiang & Yan, 1985 and M. superbum (Heller, 1862) are possibly morphotypes and thus synonyms of M. nipponense. Macrobrachium hainanense and M. heterorhynchosGuo & He, 2008 are also likely synonyms of M. formosense and M. equidens, respectively. These species are, nevertheless, maintained as valid until examination of the type specimens concurs. The importance of an integrative approach and the associated matters needing attention in systematic studies of Macrobrachium are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Crustacean Biology
Issue number3
Early online date5 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2022
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'A synopsis of Macrobrachium Spence Bate, 1868 (Decapoda: Caridea: Palaemonidae) from Hong Kong, with description of a new species'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this