Funchalia villosa

Scientific Name:-
Funchalia villosa

Common Name:-
Redtail prawn

Malayalam Name:-
Chemvaalan chemmen


Least Concern Photo: Australian Museum (Photo: G. Millen)


Colour milky white with tips of pleopods and uropods bordered red. Specimens have one epigastric tooth and five rostral teeth on the dorsal side of the rostrum. Rostral teeth varied from 1 + 5 to 1 + 6. . In males the spermatophores are very conspicuous.


Not recorded


Rare species off Kerala coast. Undergoes diel vertical migration; occurs in the epipelagic zone at night. Reported off Kerala coast by Rao (1984). Listed by Radhakrishnan et al. (2012).


Pelagic; depth range 50 – 2,500 m


Funchalia vanhöffeni Lenz & Strunck, 1914
Hemipenaeopsis villosus Bouvier, 1905


De Grave, S.; Fransen, C. (2014). Funchalia villosa (Bouvier, 1905). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=107100 on 2015-03-10
Radhakrishnan, E. V.. V. D. Deshmukh, G. Maheswarudu, Jose Josileen, A. P., Dineshbabu, K. K. Philipose, P. T. Sarada, S. Lakshmi Pillai, K. N. Saleela, Rekhadevi Chakraborty, Gyanaranjan Dash, C.K. Sajeev, P. Thirumilu, B. Sridhara, Y Muniyappa, A.D.Sawant, Narayan G Vaidya, R. Dias Johny, J. B. Verma, P.K.Baby, C. Unnikrishnan, N. P. Ramachandran, A. Vairamani, A. Palanichamy, M. Radhakrishnan and B. Raju. (2012). Prawn fauna (Crustacea: Decapoda) of India - An annotated checklist of the Penaeoid, Sergestoid, Stenopodid and Caridean prawns. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. India, 54 (1): 50-72.
Rao, GS. (?1984). On a collection of two species of pelagic penaeids (Crustacea : Decapoda) from the oceanic waters of the Southwest Arabian Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 26 (1&2): 165-166.

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