Penaeus (Marsupenaeus) japonicus   Bate,  1888 (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Max. size: Male 190 mm TL, female 225 mm TL.
Max. carapace length: Male 53 mm, female 66 mm.

Rostrum with an accessory carina on the blade. Telson armed with 3 pairs of movable spines. Last abdominal segment color band not reaching the ventral margin (discontinuous). Petasma with long distomedian projections distinctly overhanging distal margin of costae, tip enlarged. Ventral costae slightly broadened apically and unarmed. Outer surface of lateral lobes not tuberculate. Thelycum without lateral plates but with a pouch widely open anteriorly. Anterior and posterior processes forming a triangular, concave plate.

Synonym (s)
Penaeus pulchricaudatus Stebbing, 1914
Penaeus canaliculatus japonicus Bate, 1888

Common Name (s)
• Kuruma Prawn (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Benthic


• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Red Sea
• West Bengal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Achuthankutty, CT; Chavan, V; Chandramohan, D; Kulkarni, V and Kavlekar, D (1998) Marine prawns of India NIO's Database on Marine Life of India (NIODMLI) Available at -
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2004) Crustacean fishery resources of coastal West Bengal and their conservation issues Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 1(1&2) 71-80 Available at - NIO, Goa

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