Atypopenaeus stenodactylus   (Stimpson,  1860) (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Max. size: Male 40 mm TL, female 50 mm TL.

Color: Pink to reddish pink.

Carapace very slightly pubescent, smooth without longitudinal or transverse sutures. Rostrum short and straight, slightly surpassing the eye, not exceeding distal margin of first antennular segment and armed with 6 to 9 (usually 9) dorsal teeth; postrostral crest ending near posterior margin of carapace; postorbital groove deep; hepatic spine present; middorsal crest on fourth and fifth abdominal segments distinct, but not ending in a posterior spine on each segment; antennular flagella longer than carapace; propodus and dactyl of fifth pereopod very long and slender. Petasma (in males) with distolateral projections directed forward, narrowing from base to tip, with inner surface deeply concave and with an indentation at tip. In females, anterior plate of thelycum tongue-like, with rounded anterior and posterior ends; lateral plates bar-shaped enclosing posterior half of anterior plate and delimitating with posterior sternal plate a seminal receptacle. Abdomen is dorsally carinated from 2nd to 6th somites. but the carination of the 2nd and 3rd indistinct. Telson short, without lateral marginal spines. Petasma stout, ending in 2 massive cornua directed forwards. Thelycum consists of 2 parts, a long leaf shaped median plate and a pair of slender side plates, proximal end of median plate nearly reaching middle of the base of the 4th thoracic leg.

Synonym (s)
Atypopenaeus compressipes (Henderson, 1893)
Atypopenaeus compressipes (Stimpson, 1860)
(Junior synonym)
Miyadiella pedunculata Kubo, 1949
(Junior synonym)
Miyadiella podophthalmus (Kubo, 1949)
(Junior synonym)
Parapenaeopsis brevirostris Kubo, 1936
(Junior synonym)
Penaeus compressipes Henderson, 1893
(Junior synonym)
Penaeus podophthalmus Stimpson, 1860
(Junior synonym)
Penaeus stenodactylus Stimpson, 1860
(Senior synonym)
Atypopenaeus compressipes Alcock, 1905
Miyadiella podophthalmus Holthuis, 1955

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

Habitat:  Demersal, Muddy


• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Coast INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• Maharashtra, Amba Estuary, Mankule INDIA (Record: 1989-1990)
• Tamil Nadu, Off Chennai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• North West Coast INDIA
• South East Coast INDIA

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