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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Prawns and shrimps > Family Penaeidae
Blue-tailed penaeid prawn
awaiting identification
Family Penaeidae
updated Feb 2020
Where seen? This large prawn with blue markings on the tail is often seen on some of our shores. In sandy, silty areas and near seagrasses. It is more active at night and usually seen alone.

Features: 5-8cm long. Body beige usually plain with dark spots on the sides. The tail with blue-edged black 'eyes' sometimes with reddish edges. Those which are transparent with a reddish chest may be juveniles. It can bury itself rapidly in soft silty sand leaving only the tip of its 'nose' and its eyes above the surface.

Changi, Apr 07

With reddish chest may be juveniles.
Cyrene Reef, Jun 10

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Blue-tailed penaeid prawns on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pulau Hantu, Jul 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

St John's Island, Oct 20
Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his flickr.
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