PORT PHILLIP BAY


Dromana Mud Shrimp 

Upogebia dromana Poore & Griffin, 1979

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Scientific Details

Rostrum not obviously trilobed, with 4-7 tubercles each side of medial lobe; lateral lobes barely distinguishable by short hiatus in row of tubercles from medial rostrum. Uropodal exopod broad, not longer than telson; tail fan not operculiform. Pereopod 1 merus spinose on lower edge; carpus with strong mesiodorsal spine and smaller mesial spine; propodus without spines; fixed finger one-fifth length of dactylus. Telson about as wide as long, with 2 transverse ridges and median longitudinal carina, margin convex. Maxilliped 3 with proximal hook on ischium.

Source: Poore, G.C.B. (2004) Marine decapod Crustacea of southern Australia. A guide to identification (with chapter on Stomatopoda by Shane Ahyong). CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 574 pp.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Class:
Malacostraca
Subclass:
Eumalacostraca
Superorder:
Eucarida
Order:
Decapoda
Suborder:
Pleocyemata
Infraorder:
Thalassinidea
Family:
Upogebiidae
Genus:
Upogebia
Species:
dromana

General Description

Rostrum not obviously trilobed, with 4-7 tubercles each side of medial lobe; lateral lobes barely distinguishable by short hiatus in row of tubercles from medial rostrum. Fourth segment (merus) of first leg (pereopod 1) spinose on lower edge; fifth segment (carpus) with strong mesiodorsal spine and smaller mesial spine; sixth segment (propodus) without spines; fixed finger one-fifth length of dactylus. Tail fan (telson) about as wide as long, with 2 transverse ridges and median longitudinal carina, margin convex; yellowish-orange with widely-spaced red chromatophores. Up to 1 cm long.

Biology

Mud shrimps, as the name would suggest, live in burrows in the mud. In Port Phillip Bay quantitative samples have indicated a density of up to 16 specimens per square metre.

Habitat

Bays, benthic sediments, 10-20 m depth.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Southern temperate oceans, including south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Prawns, shrimps, lobsters Ghost and mud shrimps

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

1 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Harmful

Not harmful but a nip from large claws could be painful

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1009

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Taylor, J.

Dr. Jo Taylor is the Sciences Collections Online Coordinator at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Poore, G.C.B.

Dr. Gary Poore is Principal Curator Emeritus at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Taylor, J. & Poore, G.C.B., 2011, Dromana Mud Shrimp, Upogebia dromana, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5533

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