The atyid prawns of Dominica

Fryer, G. (1977) The atyid prawns of Dominica. In: Forty-fifth annual report for the year ended 31st March 1977. Ambleside, UK, Freshwater Biological Association, (Annual Report, Freshwater Biological Association, Ambleside)

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The family of primitive prawns, Atyidae, are freshwater animals with a circumtropical distribution, but additionally some have penetrated into temperate regions. An intriguing aspect of their distribution is that, although they are, and have long been, freshwater crustaceans, they have succeeded in colonizing many oceanic islands. The West Indies is an area of interest, as representatives of several genera sometimes occur on one island. For its size, Dominica is particularly rich in this respect. The fauna of the island includes the most primitive living atyid (a West Indian endemic, Xiphocaris elongata) and 2 representatives of the most advanced genus, Atya. Each of the other 3 spp belongs to a separate genus. The feeding behaviour of the Dominican atyids is discussed in this article.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: The atyid prawns of Dominica
Personal Creator/Author:
Fryer, G.
Title of Book: Forty-fifth annual report for the year ended 31st March 1977
Refereed: No
Series Name: Annual Report, Freshwater Biological Association, Ambleside
Date: 1977
Publisher: Freshwater Biological Association
Place of Publication: Ambleside, UK
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biogeography; Feeding behaviour; Atyidae; Dominica; Annual report
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 5167
Depositing User: Mrs Christine Davey
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 17:17
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:18
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