Parapenaeopsis coromandelica   Alcock,  1906 (Prawn)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Max. size: 120 mm TL.

Color: Usually grey, sometimes grey-reddish or brownish; rostrum and abdominal crest darker; pereopods and pleopods pale brown to red or greyish; uropods usually grey or brownish, sometimes brown-red.

Rostrum sigmoidal, toothless on at least distal half (usually more), armed at base with 6 to 8 dorsal teeth, strongly upcurved and much overreaching tip of antennular peduncle, in some males somewhat shorter; epigastric tooth present; pcstrostral crest almost reaching posterior margin of carapace; longitudinal suture reaching 2/3 of carapace length; telson armed with 1 or 2 pairs of subapical, fixed spines (the second pair, when present, much smaller than distal pair); antennular flagella slightly longer than carapace; epipod and basial spine present on first and second pereopods; basis of third pereopod unarmed. In males, distolateral projections of petasma slender, horn-like and straight, directed antero- laterally, with ventro-external openings; distomedian projections small and curved ventrally. In females, anterior plate of thelycum square and concave, with a slender stem-like posterior process; posterior plate deeply notched anteromedially.

Synonym (s)
Parapenaeopsis stylifera coromandelica Alcock, 1906

Common Name (s)
• Coromandel Shrimp (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh, frozen, canned and as prawn meal.)

Habitat:  Muddy, Coastal


• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• West Bengal, Medinipur INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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