Preliminary observations on the reproductive biology of ornamental cleaner prawns Stenopus hispidus Lysmata amboinensis Lysmata debelius



Preliminary data are presented detailing the reproductive biology and culture requirements of three species of tropical prawn. Stenopus hispidus, Lysmata amboinensis and Lysmata debelius are commercially important to the ornamental aquarium trade and are targeted by collectors. Collection of these Crustacea can involve direct damage to coral reefs apart from the potential negative impact on the coral reef ecology. The present findings demonstrate that these prawns may be cultured using standard techniques developed for the commercial penaeid industry.