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Published: 2019-08-07

Caridina malanda, a new species of freshwater shrimp (Crustacea: Decapoda: Atyidae) from the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, north–eastern Queensland, Australia

REST Energy, 12 Carrington Place, Carindale, Queensland 4152, Australia
Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia
Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, Dept Adaptations du Vivant, UMR 7208, CP026, 57, rue Cuvier, F-75231 Paris, Cedex 05, France
National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University, PO Box 4321, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450, Australia
Crustacea Atyidae Caridina zebra complex Atherton Tablelands


Integrated molecular and morphological studies of newly collected and curated specimens of the genus Caridina from the Atherton Tablelands, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in north–eastern Queensland, Australia indicated the presence of an undescribed species belonging to the Caridina zebra Short 1993 complex. This species is somewhat intermediate, although distinct on the basis of molecular data and morphology, from two known sympatric species, Caridina zebra and C. confusa Choy & Marshall 1997, and an allopatric species, C. spinula Choy & Marshall 1997, from the Cape York Peninsula, about 500 km north. It is described here as a new species, C. malanda sp. nov., and compared with similar congeners. A key for the identification of the species, as well as notes on its distribution, ecology, and conservation, are provided.



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How to Cite

CHOY, S., PAGE, T. J., DE MAZANCOURT, V., & MOS, B. (2019). <em>Caridina</em> <em>malanda</em>, a new species of freshwater shrimp (Crustacea: Decapoda: Atyidae) from the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, north–eastern Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa, 4652(1), 113–125.