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Penaeus (melicertus) plebejus (Hess,1865)

Eastern king prawn



Cameron Cotterell (2011)

 

 

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Coral lagoons; new nursery habitat?


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The Eastern King Prawn, Penaeus (melicertus) plebejus is a member of the Penaeidae family of prawns. The Eastern King features a  transparent or cream to yellow body, blue to red tail fan and is characterized by a single  rostral tooth on the lower side of the rostrum near the point. Eastern Kings utilize a range of different habitats through out their life cycle. They are distributed along the east coast of Australia and are incredibly important in the Australian commercial trawling industry.
  
     
   Figure1: Adult Eastern King Prawn (Image from The Department of Industry and Investment NSW 2010)  

Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Decapoda
Superfamily
Penaeoidea
Family
Penaeidae
Genus
Melicertus

Synonyms

Penaeus plebejus (Hess, 1865)

Common Names

eastern king prawn
crevette royale orientale
camarón real orientale