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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > prawns and shrimps > Family Penaeidae
Slender penaeid prawn
awaiting identification
Family Penaeidae
updated Feb 2020
Where seen? This rather slender large prawn is sometimes seen on some of our shores. In sandy, silty areas and near seagrasses. It is more active at night and usually seen alone. It is probably quite common but overlooked because it is so well camouflaged.

Features: 5-8cm long. Body plain in various colours from yellowish, brown or beige to grey and even reddish. There may be faint bands on the body.

Labrador, Oct 04

East Coast, Jun 06

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

Slender penaeid prawns on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

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