New record of the parthenogenetic marbled crayfish Procambarus fallax f. virginalis from Italy

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To date, the ‘marbled crayfish’, Procambarus fallax (Hagen, 1870) f. virginalis, in Italy has been reported only from Tuscany (central Italy). Recently, specimens of this alien American crayfish were found in the Po di Maistra Channel, Porto Tolle, south of Venice (northern Italy). The identification of this species was confirmed by its external morphology and colour pattern, as well as by molecular analysis. The present report provides the second record for the marbled crayfish in Italy.

New record of the parthenogenetic marbled crayfish Procambarus fallax f. virginalis from Italy

in Crustaceana



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    The marbled crayfish Procambarus fallax (Hagen, 1870) f. virginalis in Italy. A, Actual known localities of the marbled crayfish: 1, Maestro della Chiana Channel, near Arezzo (after Nonnis Marzano et al., 2009); 2, Po di Maistra Channel, Porto Tolle (new record, present paper); B, colour pattern of a specimen (83 mm TL) from descendant generation from Porto Tolle (photo P. Difko); C, SEM image of the annulus ventralis of the adult specimen (UO, 68.5 mm TL), setae removed.

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    Phylogenetic tree obtained by maximum likelihood analysis of DNA sequences based on COI gene. Examined specimen of Procambarus fallax (Hagen, 1870) f. virginalis from Italy indicated by the asterisk (). For the sources of crayfish data see table I.


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