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Japanese Tiger Prawn

Common name of a species of prawn, that occurs naturally in warm currents of bays and seas of the Indo-West Pacific, though has recently also migrated to other region. It is one of the largest species of prawn, with the larger females reaching a length of up to 27 centimeters and males to around 17 centimeters, making it an economically important species in the family of Penaeidae, which also includes the Tiger Prawn (Penaeus monodon - fig.). It has a pale cream body, with brown bands across the back, while the walking and swimming legs, known as pereiopods and pleopods respectively, are pale yellow near their bases and blue near the tips, as is the tail. It is also commonly known as Kuruma Prawn and has the scientific designations Marsupenaeus japonicus, Penaeus japonicus, Penaeus canaliculatus, and Penaeus pulchricaudatus.