Metapenaeus moyebi   (Kishinouye,  1896) (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Max. total length 97 mm; max. carapace length (female) 17.5 mm.

Color: body semi-translucent pale green with brownish-green specks; pereopods and pleopods of same color as body; distal part of uropods green.

Pubescence covering almost entire body or confined to dorsal carapace and a few abdominal patches; rostrum armed with 7 to 10 teeth along entire dorsal margin, nearly straight, slightly uptilted and reaching distal half of third antennular article or just beyond; postrostral ridge low, generally ending near posterior margin of carapace; adrostral crest ending behind second rostral tooth, adrostral groove behind epigastric tooth; branchiocardiac ridge feeble, ending near posterior third of carapace; telson armed only with spinules; ischial spine on first pereopod minute or absent. In adult males, merus of fifth pereopod with a proximal notch followed by a twisted keeled tubercle; distomedian projections of petasma laminose and diverging; distolateral projections directed anterolaterally. In females, anterior plate of thelycum flask-shaped, its anterior margin slightly convex and bearing 3 tubercles of subequal size; lateral plates kidney-shaped, often with angular contours.

Synonym (s)
Metapenaeus burkenroadi Kubo, 1954
(Junior synonym)
Penaeus moyebi Kishinouye, 1896
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Moyebi Shrimp (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed mainly fresh, dried, and peeled and cooked.)

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)

Literature Source(s)
  • Ali, S and Ripley, SD (1989) Compact handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan (II edition) Oxford University Press, New Delhi 39823
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Holthuis, LB (1980) FAO species catalogue. Vol. 1 Shrimps and prawns of the world. An annotated catalogue of species of interest to fisheries FAO Fisheries Synopsis - S125Vol.01 FAO, Rome 1 1-271 Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 5 Available at -
  • Silas, EG and Muthu, MS and Kathirvel, M (1983) Penaeid prawn resources and potential for prawn culture Mariculture potential of Andaman and Nicobar Islands-An indicative survey Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 34 54-60 Available at -
  • Dineshbabu, AP; Durgekar, RN and Zacharia, PU (2011) Estuarine and marine decapods of Karnataka inventory Fishing Chimes Mr.J.V.H. Dixitulu 30 (10-11) 20-24 Available at -

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