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First record of peregrine shrimp Metapenaeus stebbingi Nobili, 1904 (Crustacea, Decapoda: Penaeidae) in the Iraqi waters, North-West Arabian Gulf


  • Tariq H Y Al-Maliky Department of Marine Biology, Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Iraq.
  • Raghad Zaidan Khalaf Department of Ecology, College of Science, University of Basrah, Iraq.
  • Adib H Zeini Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Tishreen University, Syria.



Decapod, Malacostraca, Metapenaus stebbingi, Penaeid


One male specimen of the species Metapenaeus stebbingi Nobili, 1904 was first recorded in November 2021 from the Iraqi territorial waters, Northwest of the Arabian Gulf. Therefore, the investigated shrimp species nominally corresponds to the original description of M. stebbing through the main diagnostic features. It must be adopted in the spread and expansion of species, a new record of the area, and a distinctive addition to the species of commercial shrimp within the Iraqi marine waters.


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