Common Prawn - Palaemon elegans

Common Prawn - Palaemon elegans

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Species Compatibility

Squat Lobsters

Suitable DisplayRockpool Tank
Shoreline Tank


Has a large round body, which can grow up to 11 cm in length.
Generally prawns are translucent with variable markings, with red, brown horizontal or oblique lines on the shell and vertical on the abdomen.


Present usually in groups, in crevices and under stones from intertidal pools to the shallow subtidal. Also found in estuaries and sea grass beds. Found from the intertidal to depths of 40 m.

Species fact

Present all around Britain and Ireland.