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Whiteleg shrimp

Order Decapoda
Family Penaeidae

Marine crustacean consisting of a cephalothorax, abdomen and tail. Moderately long rostrum, with 7 to 10 teeth on the dorsal side and 2 to 4 teeth on the ventral side. Pale, translucent greenish color. For transparency highlights an orange stain on the carapace, corresponding to the gastric area. Up to 23 cm in length.

FAO code
Penaeus vannamei
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 2: America, North - Inland waters
  • Area 3: America, South - Inland waters
  • Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
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International denominations
Germany Geisselgarnele
China 南美白对虾
France Crevette pattes blanches
Italy Gamberone centramericano
Portugal Camarão pata branca
United Kingdom Whiteleg shrimp
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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