Prawns of the Indo-Pacific

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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  • Penaeus monodon, giant tiger prawn.

  • P. japonicus, Japanese (king) prawn or kuruma prawn.

  • P. indicus, Indian (banana) prawn or white prawn.

  • P. merguiensis, banana prawn or white prawn.

  • Metapenaeus ensis, greasy-back prawn or school prawn.

  • M. affinis, sometimes called the jinga shrimp because of its name jinga in NW India; of major importance in Pakistan, the west coast of India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.

  • M. monoceros, the speckled prawn/shrimp and ginger prawn in SE Africa, commercially important from the E. Mediterranean to the Indo-West Pacific, including E. and much of SE Africa.