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Species Trypaea australiensis Dana, 1852

Australian Ghost Shrimp(Fao), Ghost Nippers (Aust), Marine Yabby (Aust)

  • Trypaea australiensis Dana, J.D. 1852. Conspectus Crustaceorum quae in Orbis Terrarum circumnavigatione, Carolo Wilkes e classe Reipublicae Foederatae Duce, lexit et descripsit. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia 6: 10-28 [19] [figures in Dana, J.D. 1852. Crustacea. United States Exploring Expedition 13: 1–685].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) (lost), District of Illawarra, S Sydney, NSW.
    Secondary source:
     Dana, J.D. 1852. Crustacea, Part 1. United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, under the command of Charles Wilkes, U. S. N. 13(1): 1-685.
  • Trypaea porcellana Kinahan, J.R. 1856. Remarks on the habits and distribution of marine Crustacea on the eastern shores of Port Philip, Victoria, Australia, with descriptions of undescribed species and genera. Journal of the Royal Dublin Society 1(3): 111-134 [130 pl. 4 fig. 2].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) NMI 2 specimens, St Kilda, VIC.


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy

  • Poore, G.C.B. & Griffin, D.J.G. 1979. The Thalassinidea (Crustacea: Decapoda) of Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 32(6): 217-321 [250]




New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Ecological Descriptors

Burrower, estuary, littoral, sand bottom, sublittoral.


General References

Boon, P.I., Bird, F.L. & Bunn, S.E. 1997. Diet of the intertidal callianassid shrimps Biffarius arenosus and Trypaea australiensis (Decapoda: Thalassinidea) in Western Port (southern Australia), determined with mulyiple stable-isotope analyses. Marine and Freshwater Research 48(6): 503-511

Hailstone, T.S. & Stephenson, W. 1961. The Biology of Callianassa (Trypaea) australiensis Dana 1852 (Crustacea, Thalassinidea). University of Queensland Papers, Department of Zoology 1(12): 259-285 3 pls


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
08-May-2012 08-May-2012 MODIFIED
03-Jun-2010 MODIFIED