|Is it a Prawn or a Shrimp?
Alas, there is no absolutely
correct answer. In common usage the names are interchangeable, and there
are lots of prawn-like or shrimp-like animals to confuse the novice rockpooler.
Marine biologists will use the scientific names.
However, the casual rockpooler
wanting to put a name to what he finds can follow the terms used for British
The Prawn is transparent
with long legs and is found amongst the weed in rock pools on the shore.
There are several different species. In the south and west the species
in the pools are called by the scientific name of Palaemon.
The Shrimp is the
sandy coloured crustacean that lives in the sandy shallows. It has short
legs and buries itself in the sand. It is called by the scientific name
of Crangon and is found all around
the British coast.
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