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Melicertus kerathurus   (ForsskÃ¥l, 1775)

caramote prawn

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Melicertus kerathurus  AquaMaps  Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Penaeidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 93 m (Ref. 118299).  Temperate, preferred 24°C (Ref. 107945); 55°N - -20°S (Ref. 356)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 4.6  range ? - ? cm Max length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 434); 23.5 cm TL (female)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Average total length: 11 to 14 cm (male); 13 to 17 cm (female). Maximum depth from Ref. 114857. Found at depths of 5 to 75 m in bottom muddy sand, marine and estuarine environment (Ref. 8). Feeds at night on small benthic organism (mollusks, polychaetes, crustaceans and echinoderms; Ref. 434). 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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Holthuis, L.B. 1980. (Ref. 8)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(Aquaculture: production; fisheries: production) | FIRMS (Stock assessments) | FishSource | Sea Around Us

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References
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(fisheries: species profile; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 15.2 - 21.6, mean 19 (based on 188 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (17 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high