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Melicertus latisulcatus   (Kishinouye, 1896)

western king prawn
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Malacostraca | Decapoda | Penaeidae
Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Main reference
Holthuis, L.B. 1980. (Ref. 8)
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Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 13.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 8); 19 cm TL (female)

Benthic; depth range 0 - 80 m (Ref. 8)

Climate / Range
Tropical, preferred 25°C (Ref. 107945); 39°N - 35°S, 37°E - 180°E

Indo-West Pacific: from Mozambique to Western Australia including Persian Gulf, Red Sea and Arabian Sea; then from North Korea down to Gulf of St. Vincent, South Australia.
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Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Intertidal. Juveniles are found on seagrass beds and mangroves higher in the shoreline (Ref. 106908). Inhabits open sea areas with sandy or muddy and sandy bottom (Ref. 374). Nocturnal (Refs. 10, 85270). Burrows on sand at daytime (Ref. 801). Life cycle: pelagic larvae (four larval stages: nauplii, zoea, mysis and post-larvae) to inshore juvenile to offshore adult (Ref. 107331). Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833). The male transfers its spermatophore to the female's thelycum (Ref. 107331). 850,000 eggs released by females at a single spawning and may spawn more than once each year (Ref. 85270).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)


CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses
Fisheries: commercial
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More information

FAO areas
Food items
Mass conversion

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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