Scientia Marina, Vol 83, No S1 (2019)

Spatiotemporal abundance pattern of deep-water rose shrimp, Parapenaeus longirostris, and Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus, in European Mediterranean waters

Mario Sbrana
Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “G. Bacci” (CIBM), Italy

Walter Zupa

Alessandro Ligas
Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “G. Bacci” (CIBM), Italy

Francesca Capezzuto
Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

Archontia Chatzispyrou
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Greece

Maria Cristina Follesa
Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente Università di Cagliari, Italy

Vita Gancitano
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy

Beatriz Guijarro
Instituto Español de Oceanografia (IEO), Spain

Igor Isajlovic
Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia

Angelique Jadaud

Olivera Markovic
Institute of Marine Biology (IMBK), Montenegro

Reno Micallef
MSDEC-DFA, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Malta

Panagiota Peristeraki
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters - University of Crete, Greece

Corrado Piccinetti
Università di Bologna, Italy

Ioannis Thasitis
Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR), Cyprus

Pierluigi Carbonara


The main characteristics concerning the distribution of two of the most important decapod crustaceans of commercial interest in the Mediterranean Sea, the deep-water rose shrimp, Parapenaeus longirostris, and the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus, are studied in the European Mediterranean waters. The study is based on data collected under the MEDITS trawl surveys from 1994 to 2015 from the Gibraltar Straits to the northeastern Levantine Basin (Cyprus waters). The observed differences can be interpreted as different responses to environmental drivers related to the differing life history traits of the two species. In fact, N. norvegicus is a long-living, benthic burrowing species with low growth and mortality rates, while P. longirostris is an epibenthic, short-living species characterized by higher rates of growth and mortality.


Nephrops norvegicus; Parapenaeus longirostris; distribution; trawl survey; Mediterranean Sea

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