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Metapenaeus ensis
(greasyback shrimp)

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Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 21 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Animal
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Metapenaeus ensis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • greasyback shrimp
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Crustacea
  •         Class: Malacostraca
  • Overview

  • Metapenaeus ensis is commonly called mud prawn, sand prawn, greasyback shrimp or gei wai shrimp in the catering trade. It is popular due to its rich-tasting nutritious flesh. Characteristics of

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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Metapenaeus ensis De Haan, 1844

Preferred Common Name

  • greasyback shrimp

Other Scientific Names

  • Metapenaeus incisipes Bate, 1888
  • Metapenaeus mastersii Bate, 1878
  • Parapenaeus incisipes Bate, 1888
  • Penaeopsis ensis De Haan, 1844
  • Penaeopsis mastersii Haswell, 1878
  • Penaeus ensis De Haan, 1844
  • Penaeus incisipes Bate, 1888
  • Penaeus mastersii Haswell, 1878

International Common Names

  • English: gei wai shrimp; mud prawn; offshore greasyback shrimp; sand prawn; sand shrimp
  • Spanish: camarón resbolado
  • French: crevette glissante

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Crustacea
  •                 Class: Malacostraca
  •                     Subclass: Eumalacostraca
  •                         Order: Decapoda
  •                             Suborder: Dendrobranchiata
  •                                 Unknown: Penaeoidea
  •                                     Family: Penaeidae
  •                                         Genus: Metapenaeus
  •                                             Species: Metapenaeus ensis

Overview

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Metapenaeus ensis is commonly called mud prawn, sand prawn, greasyback shrimp or gei wai shrimp in the catering trade. It is popular due to its rich-tasting nutritious flesh. Characteristics of M. ensis include a wide distribution, strong adaptability, omnivorous feeding habit, fast growth and high commercial value. M. ensis breeds in seawater or brackish water but it can also be bred in freshwater after domestication. After about 100 days in cultivation with a favourable environment and abundant food, juveniles will grow into adult commercial shrimps of 10 cm in length (Xu, 2002).