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Common prawn

Order Decapoda
Family Palaemonidae

Marine decapod crustacean. Long and crested rostrum, toothed at the top. Segmented body and perfect symmetry. Main antennas are very long. Under carapace are 13 pairs of appendages: the first two have sensory function (antennulas and antennas) and the following 3 food function (jaws, maxils and maxilla), 3 buccal appendages denominated maxilipeds, 2 pairs for defense and predation, and 3 pairs for locomotion. Practically transparent body, with reddish brown oblique longitudinal grooves in the carapace, and legs with dots and reddish rings. Maximum length 11 cm.

FAO code
Palaemon serratus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 5: Europe - Inland waters
Fishing seasons
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International denominations
Germany Sägegarnele
France Crevette rose
Italy Gamberello
Portugal Camarão-do rio
United Kingdom Common prawn
Japan Sujiebi-zoku
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