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Fenneropenaeus indicus   (Milne-Edwards, 1837)

Indian white prawn
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Penaeidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Holthuis, L.B. 1980. (Ref. 8)

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 18.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 8); 22.7999992370605 cm TL (female); common length : 17.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 8)


Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 90 m (Ref. 8), usually 0 - 10 m (Ref. 110177)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 30°N - 31°S, 30°E - 168°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific: From northeast Africa to south China, Malaysia, Indonesia and north Australia. Introduced in southeast Africa.

Short description

Uniformly glabrous carapace and abdomen. Hepatic and antennal spines on the carapace but no orbital spine. Sigmoidal curved rostrum is armed with 7 or 8 dorsal and 5 or 6 ventral teeth. Telson with no lateral spine. Shallow convexed rostral crest; adrostral carina reaches epigastric teeth; well-defined gastro-orbital carina, which occupies 2/3 distance between hepatic spine and margin of carapace. Color: in life, same as P. merguiensis but slightly more greyish or dull green. Antennal flagellum is yellow or greenish yellow. Posterior half of uropods is yellowish.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Minimum depth range based on occurrence (Ref. 110177). To be replaced with a better reference. Prefers sand or mud bottom and can tolerate high salinity (Ref. 10). Adults live in marine environment and juveniles live in estuarine environment (Ref. 8). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)


CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high