Metapenaeus monoceros / affinis
King prawns can reach a body length of up to 30 centimetres.
Prawn/shrimp meat is firm and very tasty. It is great grilled and served with salads or pasta dishes.
Prawns/shrimps are rich in protein
The main habitats are the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and estuaries on the Indo-Pacific, South American and African coasts.
As ground animals the shrimps live on the ground near the coast.
They feed on algae and plankton.
Shrimp have an elongated, more or less cylindrical and laterally slightly compressed body with a thin shell. They carry long antennas and have only delicate gripping organs ("claws").
Commercially, the shrimp is commonly known as "shrimp" and "prawn", and depending on its size also with additives such as "giant", "king" or "tiger". A distinction is also made between warm and cold water shrimp and sea and freshwater shrimp.
The farming or aquaculture includes the controlled breeding of aquatic organisms. Aquaculture is gaining in importance, particularly as a result of increasing international demand.