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Species checklist of fresh/brackishwater prawns genus Macrobrachium in Kenya available at the National Museums of Kenya's Natural History Collections, Invertebrates Zoology Section

Latest version published by National Museums of Kenya on Nov 6, 2019 National Museums of Kenya

Kenya is rich in aquatic biodiversity including the freshwater prawns genus Macrobrachium (Palaeomonidae: Decapoda) which are important in fisheries as human food sources. However, except for a few specimens of previously unindentified Macrobrachium species, there was no national reference collection of Macrobrachium species housed in the scientific collection of National Museums of Kenya despite specimens of similar species deposited in other International Museums. This greatly hampered local research and utilization patterns including potential aquaculture of Macrobrachium species that are known to be taxonomically difficult group. To establish the current status of Macrobrachium species in Kenya, an ecological study was carried out along rivers Tana and Athi in Kenya between the year 2015 and 2018. Occurrence of four species namely; Macrobrachium rude, M. equidens, M. lepidactylus and M. dolichodactylus in Kenya was confirmed using both morphological and genetic analysis to establish correct identification of the species. The morphological analysis was carried out in Kenya at National Museums of Kenya while genetic analysis was carried out at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main in Germany. This datasubset presents the checklist of four species that were recorded. The specimens are deposited in the Invertebrate scientific collection of the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Nairobi.

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Kochey J, Gikungu M, Kioko E, Kairo J, Klaus P S (2019): Species checklist of fresh/brackishwater prawns genus Macrobrachium in Kenya available at the National Museums of Kenya's Natural History Collections, Invertebrates Zoology Section. v1.0. National Museums of Kenya. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=macro&v=1.0

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is National Museums of Kenya. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 6e3f6699-5a84-4b28-8d80-8d1dd77d6c14.  National Museums of Kenya publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Kenya.

Keywords

Occurrence; Macrobrachium; prawns; Palaemonidae; Genetic analysis; Specimens; National Museums of Kenya; Zoology; ; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

John Kochey
Senior Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Mary Gikungu
Director National Research Repository
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Esther Kioko
Head of Zoology
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
James Kairo
Principal Research Scientist
Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute Box 81651 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://knfri.co.ke
PD Sebastian Klaus
Lecturer
Johamm Wofgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main Germany Frankfurt DE

Who can answer questions about the resource:

John Kochey
Senior Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke

Who filled in the metadata:

John Kochey
Senior Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke

Who else was associated with the resource:

Publisher
Lawrence Monda
ICT Manager
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke

Geographic Coverage

Along rivers Tana and Athi in Kenya and some selected coastal areas

Bounding Coordinates South West [-4.478, 33.662], North East [5.178, 41.484]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Genus  Macrobrachium (fresh/brackishwater Prawns)

Project Data

The project aims to improve our knowledge of the diversity and status of freshwater prawns genus Macrobrachium in Kenya that play a role in food security. This occurrence datasubset was built from field surveys conducted between 2015 to 2018 along rivers Tana and Athi in Kenya .

Title Species of fresh/brackishwater prawns genus Macrobrachium in Kenya available at the National Museums of Kenya's Natural History Collections, Invertebrates Zoology Section
Funding DAAD scholarship Reference Number: 91531520 NACOSTI Reference scholarship Letter: NACOSTI/PNS/DAAD/027
Study Area Description Wet preserved collection at NMK. The study was carried along rivers Tana (from Mt. Kenya 3600m) and Athi (Aberdares range from 2400m) in Kenya to the coast and also some areas along the Kenya coast. Both rivers drain into Indian Ocean where interaction of fresh and seawater occurs that is known to influence the breeding behavior of prawns.
Design Description Prawns were sampled mainly using beach seine nets and traps but also electrofishers in the upstream stream sites. They were later preserved in ethanol after correct identification.

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
John Kochey

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=macro