Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
2017, Vol 17, Num, 1 (Pages: 209-215)
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Genetic Evidence and Morphometry for Shovel Nosed Lobster, Thenus Unimaculatus from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
1 Marine Hill Laboratory, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, P.B. No. 181, Garacharma, Port Blair-744101, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
Since Burton & Davie revised the monotypic genus Thenus, the genus is represented by two species in Mainland India,
Thenus unimaculatus (Burton and Davie, 2007) and Thenus indicus (Lund, 1793). In this study, we are reporting the
occurrence of T. unimaculatus for the first time from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We have investigated the species based
on morphological characters and morphometric ratios following original description of T. unimaculatus. All the
morphological characters and most of the morphometric ratios were found to coincide with the previous description.
Mitochondrial COI gene sequencing also supports the landings of T. unimaculatus in these Islands.
Morphology, ratios, lobster, mtDNA, COI gene