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Abstract

New records of giant tiger prawn, Penaeus monodon Fabricius, 1798 (Decapoda: Panaeidae) in the Maracaibo Lake System, Venezuela.

Abstract

The Asian tiger shrimp, Penaeus monodon (Decapoda: Penaidae), is an Asian species considered as alien in the Atlantic Ocean waters. This paper confirms the presence of P. monodon along the coasts of the Maracaibo Lake System. We evaluated multiple artisanal ports in the following localities: Castilletes, Porshoure, Kazuzain, Caño Sagua, Zapara Island, and Santa Rosa de Agua. We collected five adult individuals from Castilletes, Zapara Island, and Santa Rosa de Agua, the specimens were deposited in the Museum of Biology of the University of Zulia (Experimental Faculty of Sciences), within the section of aquatic invertebrates under the following museum catalogue numbers: MBLUZ-2503, MBLUZ-2515, MBLUZ-2516, and MBLUZ- 2517. These records confirmed the presence of P. monodon along the four aquatic environments that form the Maracaibo Lake System (Gulf of Venezuela, El Tablazo Bay, Maracaibo Strait, and Maracaibo Lake), indicating a possible increase in the species' populations across region. Future researches must be focused to evaluate the population status of P. monodon in the Maracaibo Lake System, as well as for the design of effective strategies for the effective management of this resource.