Advertisement

You can sponsor this page

Metapenaeus ensis   (De Haan, 1844)

greasyback shrimp
Upload your photos and videos
| All pictures | Google image |
Image of Metapenaeus ensis (greasyback shrimp)
Metapenaeus ensis
Picture by FAO

Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Penaeidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Benthic; brackish; depth range 8 - 95 m (Ref. 8), usually 20 - 60 m (Ref. 409).  Tropical; 36°N - 35°S, 72°E - 165°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-West Pacific.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 4 - ? cm Max length : 15.4 cm BL male/unsexed; (Ref. 409); 18.8999996185303 cm BL (female)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum carapace length: 3.5 cm (male); 4.2 cm (female) (Ref. 8). Common body length: 7.0 to 14.0 cm (Ref. 409). Minimum depth range from Ref. 111048. Found mainly in turbid waters down to a depth of 95 m over bottoms of mud, sandy-mud or silt. Juveniles are found in estuaries and backwaters, also in seagrass beds, mangrove banks, mud flats, and open channels (Ref. 8) while adults are found in deeper waters (Ref. 10). Juveniles from a riverine mangrove are likely to obtain nutrition from phytoplankton and possibly epiphytic algae than from mangrove leaves or detritus (Ref. 105141). Omnivore (Ref. 116259). 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). Spawning occurred throughout the year with peak in September (Ref. 94179).

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: highly commercial; bait: occasionally
FAO(Aquaculture: production; | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

Internet sources

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

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high