Penaeus (Melicertus) canaliculatus   (Olivier,  1811) (Prawn)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Max. size: Male 97-120 mm TL, female 131-145 mm TL.
Carapace length: Male 24.5-34 mm, female 35-40 mm.

Telson unarmed. Adrostral crest and groove long, extending almost to posterior margin of carapace, the groove wide. Last abdominal segment color bands reaching the ventral margin. Petasma with short distomedian projections, reaching or slightly overhanging distal margin of costae. Ventral costae broadened apically and bearing minute spinules at tip, outer surface of lateral lobes not tuberculate. Thelycum with lateral plates, their anteromedian margins diverging, and then turning in a broad arc continuous with anterolateral margins. Anterior process triangular, anterior edges raised in lateral ridges delimiting a median depressed area.

Synonym (s)
Palaemon canaliculatus Olivier, 1811

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



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh 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 -

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