NANFA-L-- River Prawns

Le Ouassous Redoutable (
Sun, 16 Apr 2006 14:22:02 -0700 (PDT)

Hello all - this is my first contribution to the list.

Are any of you familiar with the larger freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium spp.) of the southern states of the Gulf Coastal Plain? I am particularly interested in M. carcinus (the bigclaw or painted river prawn), the largest freshwater invertebrate of North America (males to over 600 mm total length).

Images may be accessed-in-,,, and Note the broad range of coloration.

Thanks for your consideration.
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