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Western king shrimp

Order Decapoda
Family Penaeidae

Marine crustacean consisting of a cephalothorax, abdomen and tail. Body pale yellow to brown; antennal, rostral, postrostral and middorsal abdominal crests dark brown; pleura of first 5 abdominal segments each with a short vertical red or brown stripe; a diagonal stripe of the same colour may be present on last segment; pereopods yellow or blue; pleopods generally yellow; distal part of uropods blue with a fringe of red setae. Rostrum with 9 to 12 teeth on dorsal, and a single tooth on ventral margin. No cross bands on carapace or abdomen. Crests extend along most of carapace. Maximum total length 20 cm.

FAO code
Penaeus latisulcatus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Königsgeisselgarnele
France Crevette royale occidentale
Italy Mazzancolla verde
Portugal Camarão
United Kingdom Western king shrimp
Japan Futomizoebi
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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