Parapenaeopsis cornuta   (Kishinouye,  1900) (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Male 48.5 to 83 mm TL, female 49 to 82 mm TL; maximum carapace length 24 mm.

Color: Pale brown or faintly pinkish with brown-grey specks and dorsal transverse brawn bands on abdomen; pereopods whitish, pleopods brownish, both speckled; uropods dark grey distally.Some species has olive green transverse bands on the abdominal segments, dark green uropods and a brown oval patch on either side of the 6th abdominal segment.

Rostrum slightly sigmoidal or straight, tip uptilted, sometimes toothless on distal ΒΌ , reaching from middle of second to distal margin of third antennular article and armed with 7 or 8 (rarely 9) dorsal teeth; epigastric tooth present; postrostral crest ending near posterior margin of carapace; longitudinal suture reaching about 0.4 of carapace length; antennular flagella 0.4 to 0.6 times the length of carapace; epipod and basial spine present on first and second pereopods; basis of third pereopod unarmed in both sexes; telson armed with 2 to 4 pairs of distolateral spinules. Petasma (in males) with long and slender, horn-like distolateral projections, diverging proximally and curving inward distally, each with a small dorsal spiniform process; distomedian projections extremely small. In females, anterior plate of thelycum oblong and concave, fused posteromedially with posterior late the latter with a pair of lateral depressions; a median tuft of long setae (hairs) behind the thelycum. The females are practically devoid of a basial spine on the 3rd pereopod. The postrostral carina is well defined and extends almost to the posterior end of the carapace but is not raised in the form of a crest behind the epigastric.

Synonym (s)
Penaeus cornutus Kishinouye, 1900
(Senior synonym)
Penaeus cornatus Kishinouye, 1900
Parapenaeopsis cornuta De Man, 1911
Parapenaeopsis cormtus Maki and Tsuchiya, 1923
Parapenaeopsis cornutus Racek, 1959
Parapenaeopsis cornuta cornuta Racek & Dall, 1965

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

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy
Predator:  Bonyfish (Caranx bucculentus)


• Karnataka, Off Mangalore INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Corbyn's Cove INDIA
• Karnataka, Mangalore INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Off Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kovalam INDIA
• South West Coast INDIA

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