Penaeus japonicus

Scientific Name:-
Penaeus japonicus

Common Name:-
Kuruma prawn / Japanese king prawn

Malayalam Name:-
Kuruma konchu


Not evaluated


Body pale, bearing uninterrupted brown transverse bands; walking legs and pleopods are pale yellow proximally and blue distally; uropods are distally striped with yellow and blue, setal fringe red. The rostrum has 7-11 teeth on upper margin and a single tooth on the lower margin. The carapace bears gastrofrontal, hepatic crests; the post-rostral crest is medially grooved. Abdominal segments are 4-6 keeled; sixth abdominal segment bear three lateral scars. The telson has a pointed tip and 3 pairs of movable distal spines. First three pairs of walking legs are chelate.


Not recorded


Found along east and west coast of India (Radhakrishnan et al. 2012).


Bottom sandy mud and sand. Depth up to 90 m


Marsupenaeus japonicus (Spence Bate, 1888)
Penaeus canaliculatus japonicus Spence Bate, 1888
Penaeus pulchricaudatus Stebbing, 1914


Fransen, C.; De Grave, S. (2014). Penaeus japonicus Spence Bate, 1888. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=210371 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.

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