Banana Prawn

Penaeus (Fenneropenaeus) merguiensis


Rostrum high and arched at base, with teeth above and below; body often yellow or translucent, speckled with fine reddish-brown dots. To 240 mm.


Over muddy bottoms, 10–45 m depth; juveniles mature in shallow estuaries and rivers. Important commercial, species. Widespread, northern Australia from Shark Bay, WA, to northern NSW; from Red Sea into Asia.

 Banana Prawn, Penaeus merguiensis

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