Metapenaeus elegans   De Man,  1907a (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Ischial spine on the 1st pereopod is sharp and distinct, being half size of the basial spine. The ischial spine is most minute. The dorsal spine on the basal segment of the eye-stalk is present. The median plate of the thelycum has a deep median sulcus along its length and its broad anterior border is deeply emarginate; there is a bulbous structure between each lateral plate and the median plate.

Synonym (s)
Penaeopsis elegans de Man, 1911
Penaeopsis monoceros De Man, 1924
Metapenaeus singaporensis Hall, 1956
Metapenaeus elegans Hall, 1962
Penaeopsis elegans (De Man, 1907)

Common Name (s)
• Fine Shrimp (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chaouldari INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Silas, EG and Muthu, MS (1976) Notes on a collection of Penaeid prawns from the Andamans Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 18(1) 78-90 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase 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 -

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