Macrobrachium hirtimanus Olivier, 1811

Betangue prawn



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Palaemon hirtimanus Olivier, 1811


Conservation Status

Last record 1980 or later

IUCN RedList Endangered



Mascarenes (waters between Réunion and Mauritius)






The Turin Museum had specimens of this species in 1952 (Holthuis, 1952). However, whether or not the museum still has specimens is unclear.






Original scientific description:

Olivier. (1811). Encyclopedia meth. Hist, nat., vol. 8, p. 663.


Other references:

De Grave, S. (2013). Macrobrachium hirtimanus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 14 July 2013.

Holthuis, L. B. (1952). On some Indo-westpacific Palaemoninae (Crustacea Decapoda Caridea). Zoologische Mededelingen, Leiden 31(18): 201–211.

Keith, P. (2002). Freshwater fish and decapod crustacean populations on Reunion Island, with an assessment of species introductions. Bull. Fr. Pêche Piscic. (2002) 364 : 97-107 DOI: 10.1051/kmae:2002005.

Keith, P. and, Vigneux, E. (2000). First capture of Macrobrachium lepidactylus (Hilgendorf, 1879) (PALAEMONIDAE) on Reunion Island, followed by a commentary on Macrobrachium hirtimanus (Olivier, 1811). Crustaceana 73(2): 215-222. [Abstract]


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