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Common ditch shrimp Palaemonetes varians
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Caridea
Family: Palaemonidae
Genus: Palaemonetes
Heller, 1869
Type species
Palaemonetes varians
Leach, 1814 [1]

Palaemonetes is a genus of caridean shrimp comprising a geographically diverse group of fresh water, brackish and marine crustaceans. Conventionally, Palaemonetes included the following species:[2]

Molecular data suggest however that Palaemonetes is not phylogenetically distinct from the genus Palaemon. Phylogenetically species of Palaemonetes, as well as those in the genera Exopalaemon and Couteriella, are nested within Palaemon. Phylogenetic affinities in these groups correspond better with geographical origin than conventional genus assignments.[3] Palaemonetes has therefore been synonymised with Palaemon.[4]


  1. ^ Ned E. Strenth (1976). "A review of the systematics and zoogeography of the freshwater species of Palaemonetes Heller of North America (Crustacea, Decapoda)". Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology. 228: 1–27. doi:10.5479/si.00810282.228. hdl:10088/5568. 
  2. ^ Charles Fransen, Sammy De Grave & Michael Türkay (2011). "Palaemonetes Heller, 1869". World Register of Marine Species.  (previous database version, no more available)
  3. ^ Christopher W. Ashelby; Timothy J. Page; Sammy De Grave; Jane M. Hughes; Magnus L. Johnson (2012). "Regional scale speciation reveals multiple invasions of freshwater in Palaemoninae (Decapoda)". Zoologica Scripta. 41 (3): 293–306. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2012.00535.x. 
  4. ^ De Grave, S.; Fransen, C.; Türkay, M. (2016). Palaemonetes Heller, 1869. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2017-08-06

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