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Penaeus monodon   Fabricius, 1798

giant tiger 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 : 33.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 8); max. published weight: 130.00 g (Ref. 8)


Benthic; depth range 0 - 150 m (Ref. 10), usually ? - 60 m (Ref. 10)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 17°C - 38°C (Ref. 72772); 36°N - 33°S, 55°E - 154°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific: From Pakistan to Japan, the Malay Archipelago and Australia. Introduced in the Atlantic Ocean (Africa and USA). Tropical to temperate.

Short description

Uniformly glabrous body; carapace with well-developed antennal and hepatic spines. Horizontal and straight hepatic carina. Rostrum armed with 7 or 8 dorsal and 3 ventral teeth. Color: body is reddish with darker bands. Brown to blue pleopods and reddish fringing setae.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Caught by pond fishing and inshore fishing. Considered a delicacy in the Philippines that in 1980, retail price was Php60 to 80 (US$8.6 to 11.5)/kg in Manila and Php50 to 70 in local areas (Ref. 10). Juveniles are found in estuarine environments (Ref. 8). Enters shallow brackish water or kept in ponds (Ref. 374). Less of a scavenger; mainly a predator of slow moving benthic macroinvertebrates like small crabs and molluscs. Also capable of capturing more mobile forms like small penaeids and fishes (Ref. 102664). 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 (17 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high