Fenneropenaeus merguiensis   (De Man,  1888a) (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: 24.0 cm TL

Color: In life, cream to yellow, sometimes minutely speckled with brown, olive green or light green pigments. Brown banded antennules; brown antennae not banded; legs and pleopds are yellowish, sometimes tinged with brown or pink; uropods with combinations of yellowish green and brownish shades. Upper margin of rostrum is fringed with brown in fully grown individuals.

No dark brown transverse bands on the carapace and abdomen, which are uniformly glabrous. Uniformly high proximal part of triangular rostrum is particular in fully grown female. Rostrum usually armed with 7 or 8 dorsal and 5 or 6 ventral teeth. No lateral spines on telson.

Synonym (s)
Penaeus merguiensis De Man, 1888

Common Name (s)
• Banana prawn (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal
Predator:  Bony fish (Caranx bucculentus)


• Maharashtra, Amba Estuary INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Invertebrate zoology collections Available at - http://goode.si.edu/mcs/iz/Query.php
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Gajbhiye, SN; Mehta, P; Mustafa, S and Nair, VR (1995) A case study on the impact of industrial effluents disposal on the fisheries of Amba river estuary, Maharastra Journal of the Indian Fisheries Association Indian Fisheries Association 25 25-38 Available at - http://hdl.handle.net/2264/2319
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Dineshbabu, AP; Durgekar, RN and Zacharia, PU (2011) Estuarine and marine decapods of Karnataka inventory Fishing Chimes Mr.J.V.H. Dixitulu 30 (10-11) 20-24 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/7950/1/Dineshbabu-Fishing_Chimes_30(10%2611).pdf

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