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Abstract

The brown shrimp Penaeus aztecus Ives, 1891 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Penaeidae) in the Nile Delta, Egypt: an exploitable resource for fishery and mariculture?

Abstract

The penaeid shrimp Penaeus aztecus is recorded for the first time from Egypt. The West Atlantic species was first noted off Damietta, on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, in 2012. This species has already been recorded in the Mediterranean Sea from the southeastern Levant to the Gulf of Lion, France. The impacts of the introduction of P. aztecus on the local biota, and in particular on the native and previously introduced penaeids, are as yet unknown. Shrimp farmers at the northern Nile Delta have been cultivating P. aztecus since 2016, depending on postlarvae and juveniles collected from the wild in the Damietta branch of the Nile estuary.