Metapenaeus stebbingi   Nobili,  1904 (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Image copyrights: FAO

Max. size: 139 mm TL.

Color: Body, perepods and pleopods white to creamy-yellow with grey and rust colored specks; antennae and distal part of uropods rusty color to grey-purplish.

Almost entire body hairless; rostrum armed with 7 to 10 teeth along entire dorsal margin, reaching or exceeding distal margin of antennular peduncle; postrostral ridge broad and low, ending near middle of carapace; branchio-cardiac ridge indistinct; telson armed on each side with a row of small, movable spines; ischial spine on first pereopod absent. In adult males, merus of fifth pereopod with a proximal notch followed by a keel-shaped tubercle; each distomedian projection of petasma with a stiff, styliform appendix directed forward and ventrally serrated; distolateral projections directed laterally and separate in ventral and dorsal processes. In females, thelycum with posterior transverse ridge protruding forward between lateral plates and forming an inverted T-shape plate; lateral plates triangular.

Synonym (s)
Mangalura stebbingi (Nobili, 1904)
(Senior synonym)
Metapenaeopsis stebbingi (Nobili, 1904)
(Senior synonym)
Penaeopsis stebbingi (Nobili, 1904)
(Senior synonym)
Penaeopsis stebbingi De Man, 1911
Mangalura stebbingi Burkenroad, 1959
Metapenaeopsis stebbingi Kensley, 1969

Common Name (s)
• Peregrine Shrimp (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed mainly fresh, frozen and dried and as bait.)

Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy, Muddy


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Red Sea
• North West Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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