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Possible influence of high salinity and low temperature on the distribution of Macrobrachium petersi (Hilgendorf) (Crustacea: Caridea) along the south-east coast of South Africa



Possible influence of high salinity and low temperature on the distribution of Macrobrachium petersi (Hilgendorf) (Crustacea: Caridea) along the south-east coast of South Africa



Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 451: 35-43



Analysis of sea-surface temperature patterns along the South African coastline indicates that between 31.degree.S South and 33.degree.S latitude there is an unusually rapid decline in temperature. This region also defines the southern limit of the distribution of M. petersi. Compared with the larvae, post larval M. petersi are less tolerant of high salinity in combinations with low temperature. These results may explain the restricted southern African distribution of M. petersi.

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DOI: 10.1080/00359198309520093


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