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Abstract

First record of Xiphopenaeus kroyeri Heller, 1862 (Decapoda, Penaeidae) in the Southeastern Mediterranean, Egypt.

Abstract

Four hundred and forty seven specimens of a non-indigenous shrimp species were caught by local fishermen between the years 2016-2019, from Ma'deya shores, Abu Qir Bay, Alexandria, Egypt. These specimens were the Western Atlantic Xiphopenaeus kroyeri Heller, 1862, making this the first record for the introduction and establishment of a Western Atlantic shrimp species in Egyptian waters. Its route of introduction is hypothesized to be through ballast water from ship tanks. Due to the high population densities it achieves in this non-native location, it is now considered a component of the Egyptian shrimp commercial catch.