Malacostraca | Decapoda
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthopelagic; depth range 60 - 1300 m (Ref. 97594), usually 250 - 750 m (Ref. 409). Tropical; ? - 14°C (Ref. 434), preferred 20°C (Ref. 107945); 55°N - 55°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Indo-Pacific. Tropical to temperate.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 3.7, range 3 - 4.414 cm Max length : 17.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 104052); 22.5 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 45.90 g (Ref. 126095); max. published weight: 45.90 g; max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 80203)
Deep-water benthopelagic shrimp (Ref. 114287). Common total length: 12 to 16 cm. Minimum common depth from Ref. 8. Usually caught on muddy and sandy bottoms of continental slopes (Ref. 434). Lives on bottom mud (Ref. 8); also on sandy bottoms. Moves to midwater at night (Ref. 409). Carnivorous, feeds mainly on euphausiids and other species of crustaceans, i.e., mainly Natantia (Ref. 434). Has a highly diversified diet (Refs. 97770, 105137), preying on pelagic, benthic and benthopelagic organisms (Ref. 105137); mainly forages on crustaceans and fish. Also scavenges upon carcasses of fish and cephalopods on the bottom (Ref. 97770). Exhibits cannibalism. Values of δ15N ranges from 6.68 and 7.96 in females, and 7.05 and 8.26 in males, with females having higher δ15N with increasing size (Ref. 105135). Females were more abundant than males in summer and spring in all depth strata and during autumn on the deepest bottoms while males were around 50% and outnumbered females above 500 m during autumn and winter, respectively (Ref. 80203).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Spawning occurs during spring to summer. Females have a life span of 7-8 years while males live for 5-6 years.
Pérez Farfante, I. and B. Kensley. 1997. (Ref. 75620)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
FAO - Fisheries: landings | FishSource | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 5.9 - 15.7, mean 10 (based on 1552 cells).
Prior r = 0.47, 95% CL = 0.30 - 0.73, Based on 2 stock assessments.
Low vulnerability (10 of 100).