Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Datasheet

Metapenaeus ensis
(greasyback shrimp)

Toolbox

Datasheet

Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 13 August 2021
  • 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 M. ensis include a wide distrib...

Don't need the entire report?

Generate a print friendly version containing only the sections you need.

Generate report

Pictures

Top of page
PictureTitleCaptionCopyright
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Handful of shrimp. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
TitleAdults
CaptionMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Handful of shrimp. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
CopyrightPublic Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Handful of shrimp. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
AdultsMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Handful of shrimp. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.Public Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
TitleAdult
CaptionMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
CopyrightPublic Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
AdultMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.Public Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
TitleAdult
CaptionMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
CopyrightPublic Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
AdultMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.Public Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
TitleAdult
CaptionMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
CopyrightPublic Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
AdultMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult individual. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.Public Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult dorsal view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
TitleAdult
CaptionMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult dorsal view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
CopyrightPublic Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult dorsal view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
AdultMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult dorsal view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.Public Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult ventral view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
TitleAdult
CaptionMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult ventral view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
CopyrightPublic Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0
Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult ventral view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.
AdultMetapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp); Adult ventral view. Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. August 2020.Public Domain - Released by Judge Florentino Floro (Judgefloro)/via Wikimedia Commons - CC0

Identity

Top of page

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

Top of page
  • 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

Top of page

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).