Scientific Name: Penaeus Monodon

Black Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon), also known as giant tiger prawn or Asian tiger prawn, is a variety of prawn commonly caught or farmed for food. Penaeus monodon females can reach about 33 cm (13 in) long, but are typically 25–30 cm (10–12 in) long and weight 200–320 grams; males are slightly smaller at 20–25 cm (8–10 in) long and weighing 100–170 grams. The carapace and abdomen are transversely banded with alternative red and white. The antennae are grayish brown. Brown pereiopods and pleopods are present with fringing setae in red.

The Tiger prawn can stay in different types of settings but when they grow up you can find them in estuaries and mangroves only. Black tiger prawn variety is said to be nocturnal. In the day they burrow into the substrates and in the night they look out for food. Mating also happens in night and they produce around 8 lakh eggs.

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