Macrobrachium carcinus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Macrobrachium carcinus
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-04-17
Assessor(s): De Grave, S.
Reviewer(s): Cumberlidge, N. & Smith, K.
The species is widely distributed from Florida southwards to southern Brazil, including many of the Caribbean islands, often occurring in high abundances.  In view of this wide distribution and in the absence of any known, widespread threats the species is considered to be of Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is widely distributed, from Florida southwards to southern Brazil, including many of the Caribbean islands (Holthuis 1980).
Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Brazil (Alagoas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Pará, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo); Colombia (Colombia (mainland)); Costa Rica (Costa Rica (mainland)); Cuba; Curaçao; Ecuador (Ecuador (mainland)); Guatemala; Guyana; Jamaica; Mexico (Campeche, Hidalgo, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz); Nicaragua (Nicaragua (mainland)); Panama; Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico (main island)); Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; United States (Florida, Mississippi, Texas); Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of (Venezuela (mainland))
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Population [top]

Population: No information is available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species lives in streams, rivers and creeks from close to the sea up to considerable altitude.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Throughout its range the species is of considerable commercial interest, due to its large size (Holthuis 1980).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No widespread threats to the species could be identified.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are in place.

Citation: De Grave, S. 2013. Macrobrachium carcinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2014.
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