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Brown Tiger Prawn

Penaeus esculentus


A large prawn growing to 235 mm. It is easily identified by its pattern of distinctive cream and reddish-brown bands.


Over mud or sandy-mud bottoms. 10–22 m depth; juveniles mature in shallow waters of estuaries. Important commercial species. Indigenous, northern Australia from Shark Bay, WA, to central NSW.

Brown Tiger Prawn, Penaeus esculentus. Photo courtesy Ian Banks Brown Tiger Prawn, Penaeus esculentus. Photo courtesy Ian Banks.

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