Eastern King Prawn

Penaeus (Melicertus) plebejus

Features

Cream to yellow body; tail fan has blue edge, fringed with red; single tooth on lower edge of rostrum near tip. Females to 300 mm, males to 190 mm.

Notes

Sandy bottoms to 220 m depth; juveniles and younger prawns mature inshore in coastal bays and estuaries. Important commercial species. Indigenous eastern Australia, from south-east Qld to Lakes Entrance, Vic.

Eastern King Prawn, Penaeus plebejus. Eastern King Prawn, Penaeus plebejus.

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