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April 12, 2016


The World

Penaeus vannamei, Not Litopenaeus vannamei


Progress of Shrimp and Prawn Aquaculture in the World, a new book on world shrimp farming, recommends the use of Penaeus over Litopenaeus and all the other genus name changes for the penaeids that were recommended back in1997.


Here’s what the book says:


At present, there are diversified opinions on the scientific names of the farmed shrimp species.  The nomenclature proposed by Perez Farfante and Kensley (1997) has been disputed by several authors (Flegel, 2007; Ma et al., 2011) who returned the genus of all penaeids to Penaeus.  In this book, the editors use just one genus—Penaeus, but still use Fenneropenaeus, Litopenaeus, Farfantepenaeus, Melicertus and Marsupenaeus (in parentheses in some cases) if they those names were preferred by the chapter authors.


For a several reports on the changing of the genus name back to Penaeus, click here.


Source: Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, April 12, 2016.

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