Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …


More options …
Volume 70, Issue 3


Use of rocky intertidal pools by shrimp species in a temperate area

Catarina Vinagre
  • MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculdade de Ci˛encias, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Email
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Marta Dias
  • MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculdade de Ci˛encias, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Catarina Fonseca / Maria T. Pinto
  • MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculdade de Ci˛encias, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Henrique N. Cabral
  • MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculdade de Ci˛encias, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Ana Silva
  • Centro de Geo-sistemas/CVRM. Instituto Superior Técnico. Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
Published Online: 2015-03-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2015-0046


Rocky shores are among the most-intensively studied ecosystems, however, tidal pools remain relatively understudied. This study aims to investigate the habitat use and dynamics of the shrimp species that occur in tidal pools of a North-eastern Atlantic coast, the Portuguese coast, in particular species composition, abundance, seasonality and size structure. Shrimps were sampled monthly from six tidal pools for one year, in the west Portuguese coast. Species diversity was much higher than that found in previous studies, in other parts of the world. The shrimp population comprised 8 species: the European rock shrimp, Palaemon elegans, the common prawn, Palaemon serratus, the Atlantic ditch shrimp, Palaemon varians, the Baltic prawn, Palaemon adspersus, the Oriental shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus and the relatively rare shrimps Eualus sollaudi, Eualus drachi and Caridion gordoni. Shrimp populations varied seasonally and among pools, with peak numbers in spring and summer. The most abundant species was P. elegans. P. elegans was present in all pools, throughout most of the year. Rare and exotic species were present mostly in spring-summer. Lower mean sizes of all shrimp were registered in the beginning of spring, most often in April or May, and gradually increased until winter. New-recruits of the most abundant species, P. elegans, generally entered the pools in spring and formed a high proportion of the population between April and August. They were responsible for the highest abundance peaks of shrimps occurring in the pools. The species richness and high numbers of juveniles occurring in tidal pools suggest that these environments may be nursery areas for coastal shrimp.

Keywords: Crustacea; intertidal area; rocky reefs; tidal pools; recruitment


  • Ashelby C.W., Worsfold T.M. & Fransen C.H.J.M. 2004. First records of the oriental prawn Palaemon macrodactylus (Decapoda: Caridea), an alien species in European waters, with a revised key to British Palaemonidae. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K. 84: 1041-1050. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S002531 5404010392h CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Béguer M., Girardin M. & Bo¨et P. 2007. First record of the invasive oriental shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun, 1902 in France (Gironde Estuary). Aquatic Invasions 2: 132-136. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3391/ai.2007.2.2.8CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Benedetti-Cecchi L., Bulleri F. & Cinelli F. 2000. The interplay of physical and biological factors in maintaining midshore and low-shore assemblages on rocky coasts in the north- west Mediterranean. Oecologia 123: 406-417. DOI: 10.1007/s004420051028CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Chícharo M.A., Leit˜ao T., Range P., Gutierrez C., Morales J., Morais P. & Chícharo L. 2009. Alien species in the Guadiana Estuary (SE-Portugal/SW-Spain): Blackfordia virginica (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) and Palaemon macrodactylus (Crustacea, Decapoda): potential impacts and mitigation measures. Aquatic Invasions 4: 501-506. DOI: 10.3391/ai.2009. 4.3.11CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Costello T. & Allen D. 1964. Migrations and geographic distribution of pink shrimp, Penaeus duorarum, of the Tortugas and Sanibel Grounds Florida. Fish. Bull. 65: 449-459.Google Scholar

  • Cuesta J.A., Gonzalez-Ortegon E., Drake P. & Rodriguez A. 2004. First record of Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun, 1902 (Decapoda, Caridea, Palaemonidae) from European waters. Crustaceana 77: 377-380.Google Scholar

  • Dahlgren C.P., Kellison G.T., Adams A.J., Gillanders B.M., Kendall M.S., Layman C.A., Ley J.A., Nagelkerken I. & Serafy J.E. 2006. Marine nurseries and effective juvenile habitats: concepts and applications. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 312: 291-295. DOI: 10.3354/meps312291CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Dauvin J.C., Alizier S., Vallet C. & Ruellet T. 2010. Does the Port 2000 harbour construction have an effect on the Seine estuary suprabenthic community? Estuar. Coast Shelf Sci. 86: 42-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2009.10.005CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Elder N. & Fuller P. 2010. Palaemon macrodactylus. USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL. http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1206 (accessed 15.09.2014).Google Scholar

  • Frodie F.G. & Herzka S.Z. 2008. Tracking juvenile fish movement and nursery contribution within arid coastal embayments via otolith microchemistry. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 361: 253-265. DOI: 10.3354/meps07390CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Fincham A.A. 1979. Larval Development of British Prawns and Shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Natantia). Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Zool.) 37: 17-46.Google Scholar

  • Fry B., Mumford P.L. & Robblee M.B. 1999. Stable isotope studies of pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum Burkenroad) migrations on the southwestern Florida Shelf. Bull. Mar. Sci. 65: 419-430.Google Scholar

  • Gillanders B.M. 1997. Patterns in abundance and size structure in the blue groper, Achoerdus iridis (Pisces, Labridae): Evidence of links between estuaries and coastal reefs. Environ. Biol. Fish. 49: 153-173. DOI: 10.1023/A:1007315201690CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Gillanders B.M. & Kingsford M.J. 1996. Elements in otoliths may elucidate the contribution of estuarine recruitment to sustaining coastal reef populations of a temperate reef fish. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 141: 13-20. DOI: 10.3354/meps141013CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • González-Ortegon E. & Cuesta J.A. 2006. An illustrated key to species of Palaemon and Palaemonetes (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea) from European waters, including the alien species Palaemon macrodactylus. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U. K. 86: 93-102.Google Scholar

  • Gonzalez-Ortegon E., Cuesta J.A. & Schubart C.D. 2007. First report of the oriental shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun, 1902 (Decapoda, Caridea, Palaemonidae) from German waters. Helgoland Mar. Res. 61: 67-69. DOI: 10.1007/s10152-006-0048-1Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Heck K.L.Jr, Nadeau D.A. & Thomas R. 1997. The nursery role of seagrass beds. Gulf of Mexico Science 15 (1): 50-54.Google Scholar

  • Helmuth B., Mieszkowska N., Moore P. & Hawkins J. 2006. Living on the edge of two changing worlds: Forecasting the responses of rocky intertidal ecosystems to climate change. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst. 37: 373-404. DOI: 10.1146/annurev. ecolsys.37.091305.110149Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Kneib R.T. 1987. Predation risk and use of intertidal habitats by young fishes and shrimp. Ecology 68: 379-386. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1939269CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Lavesque N., Bachelet G., Beguer M., Girardin M., Lepage M., Blanchet H., Sorbe J.C., Moderan J., Sauriau P.G. & Auby I. 2010. Recent expansion of the oriental shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus (Crustacea: Decapoda) on the western coasts of France. Aquatic Invasions 5 (Suppl. 1): S103-S108. DOI: 10.3391/ai.2010.5.S1.021CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Martins, G.M., Hawkins S.J., Thompson R.C. &Jenkins S.R. 2007. Community structure and functioning in intertidal rock pools: effects of pool size and shore height at different successional stages. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 329: 43-55. DOI: 10.3354/meps329043CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • McLusky D.S. 1981. The Estuarine Ecosystem. Wiley, New York.Google Scholar

  • Menge B.A. & Lubchenco J. 1981. Community organization in temperate and tropical rocky intertidal habitats: Prey refuges in relation to consumer pressure gradients. Ecol. Monogr. 51: 429-450Google Scholar

  • Metaxas A. & Scheibling R.E. 1993. Community structure and organization of tide pools. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 98: 187-198.Google Scholar

  • Micu D. & Ni,s˘a N. 2009. First record of the Asian prawn Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun, 1902 (Caridea: Palaemonoidea: Palaemonidae) from the Black Sea. Aquatic Invasions 4: 597-604. DOI: 10.3391/ai.2009.4.4.5CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Moore P.G. & Seed R. 1986. The Ecology of Rocky Coasts. Columbia University Press, New York.Google Scholar

  • Newman W.A. 1963. On the introduction of an edible oriental shrimp (Caridea, Palaemonidae) of San Francisco Bay. Crustaceana 5: 119-132.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Nybakken J.W. 1997. Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach. Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc., 481 pp.Google Scholar

  • Paine R.T. 1994. Marine Rocky Shores and Community Ecology: An Experimentalist’s Perspective. The Ecology Institute, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany, 159 pp.Google Scholar

  • Pollard D.A. & Hutchings P.A. 1990. A review of exotic marine organisms introduced to the Australian region. II. Invertebrates and algae. Asian Fish. Sci. 3: 223-250.Google Scholar

  • Raykov V.S., Lepage M. & Perez-Dominguez R. 2010. First record of oriental shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun, 1902 in Varna Lake, Bulgaria. Aquatic Invasions 5: S91-S95. DOI: 10.3391/ai.2010.5.S1.019CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Rodriguez G. & Naylor E. 1972. Behavioural rhythms in littoral prawns. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U. K. 52: 81-95.Google Scholar

  • Smaldon G., Holthuis L.B. & Fransen C.H.J.M. 1993. SBF, Volume 15: Coastal Shrimps and Prawns. Keys and Notes for Identification of the Species. Synopses of the British Fauna 15, 151 pp. ISBN: 1851532528Google Scholar

  • Spivak E.D., Boschi E.E. & Martorelli S.R. 2006. Presence of Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun 1902 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Palaemonidae) in Mar del Plata harbor, Argentina: first record from southwestern Atlantic waters. Biol. Invas. 8: 673-676. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-005-2063-6CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Thompson R.C., Crowe T.P. & S. J. Hawkins S.J. 2002. Rocky intertidal communities: past environmental changes, present status and predictions for the next 25 years. Environ. Conserv. 29 (2): 168-191. DOI: 10.1017/S0376892902000115CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Thompson R.C., Wilson B.J., Tobin M.L., Hill A.S. & Hawkins, S.J. 1996. Biologically generated habitat provision and diversity of rocky shore organisms at a hierarchy of spatial scales. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 202: 73-84. DOI: 10.1016/0022-0981(96)00032-9CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Trussell G.C., Ewanchuk P.J., Bertness M.D. & Silliman B.R. 2004. Trophic cascades in rocky shore tide pools: distinguishing lethal and nonlethal effects. Oecologia 139: 427-432. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-004-1512-8CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Turner RE. 1977. Intertidal vegetation and commercial yields of penaeid shrimp. T. Am. Fish. Soc. 106: 411-416.Google Scholar

  • Udekem D’acoz C.D. & Wirtz P. 2002. Observations on some interesting coastal Crustacea Decapoda from the Azores, with a key to the genus Eualus Thallwitz, 1892 in the Northeastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Arquipelago. Life Mar. Sci. 19: 67-84.Google Scholar

  • Underwood A.J. 1980. The effects of grazing by gastropods and physical factors on the upper limits of distribution of intertidal macroalgae. Oecologia 46:201-213.Google Scholar

  • Underwood A.J. & Skilleter G.A. 1996. Effects of patch-size on the structure of assemblages in rock pools. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 197: 63-90. van Tamelen P.G. 1996. Algal zonation in tidepools: experi- mental evaluation of the roles of physical disturbance, herbivory and competition. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 201: 197-231.Google Scholar

  • Wajtas J. 2010. Palaemon macrodactylus. USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL. http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1206 (accessed 15.09.2014) Google Scholar

  • Warkentine B.E. & Rachlin J.W. 2010. The first record of Palaemon macrodactylus (Oriental Shrimp) from the eastern coast of North America. Northeastern Nat. 17: 91-102. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1656/045.017.0107Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Williams A.B. 1955. A survey of North Carolina shrimp nursery grounds. J. Mitchell Soc. 71: 200-207.Google Scholar

  • Worsfold T.M. & Ashelby C.W. 2008. Additional UK records of the non-native prawn Palaemon macrodactylus (Crustacea: Decapoda). Mar. Biodivers. Rec. 1: 1-3. DOI: 10.1017/ S1755267206005471 CrossrefGoogle Scholar

About the article

Received: 2014-09-22

Accepted: 2015-01-28

Published Online: 2015-03-27

Published in Print: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 70, Issue 3, Pages 372–379, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2015-0046.

Export Citation

© 2015 Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences.Get Permission

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Vanessa Mendonça, Carolina Madeira, Marta Dias, Fanny Vermandele, Philippe Archambault, Awantha Dissanayake, João Canning-Clode, Augusto A. V. Flores, Ana Silva, Catarina Vinagre, and Judi Hewitt
PLOS ONE, 2018, Volume 13, Number 7, Page e0200066
Catarina Vinagre, Vanessa Mendonça, Rui Cereja, Francisca Abreu-Afonso, Marta Dias, Damián Mizrahi, Augusto A. V. Flores, and Daniel E. Naya
PLOS ONE, 2018, Volume 13, Number 2, Page e0192700
C. Vinagre, C. Madeira, M. Dias, L. Narciso, and V. Mendonça
Ecological Indicators, 2016, Volume 71, Page 175
Catarina Vinagre, Vanessa Mendonça, Luís Narciso, and Carolina Madeira
Marine Environmental Research, 2015, Volume 110, Page 53

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in