Penaeus (Melicertus) latisulcatus   Kishinouye,  1896 (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Max. size: Male 137 mm TL, female 190 mm TL.
Max. carapace length: Male 40 mm, female 46 mm.

Telson armed usually with 3 pairs of spinules. Adrostral sulcus as wide as post-rostral carina. Telson armed with 3 pairs of movable spines. Adrostral carina and groove long, extending almost to posterior margin of carapace, the groove wide. Gastrofrontal crest present. Gastrofrontal groove bifurcate posteriorly. Petasma with distomedian projection reaching to or slightly overhanging distal margin of costae. Ventral costae largely broadened apically unarmed on their free border but incised on thier attached border. Outer surface of lateral lobes not tuberculate. Thelycum with lateral plates their anteromedian angles divergent. Anterior process with anterolateral edge raised forming 2 subtriangular or cylindrical projections. Posterior process triangular, its anterior edge raised. Its lateral ridges delimiting a median depressed area.

Synonym (s)
Penaeus latisulcatus Kishinouye, 1896

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

Habitat:  Benthic


• Red Sea

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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