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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Suborder: Dendrobranchiata
Family: Penaeidae
Genus: Melicertus
Rafinesque, 1814
Type species
Melicertus tigrinus as a synonym of Melicertus kerathurus
Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1814

Melicertus is a genus of "king" prawns, comprising eight species which were previously classified as members of the genus Penaeus:[1][2]


  1. ^ Michael Türkay (2009). "Melicertus Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1814". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved March 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Species under Melicertus". Sea Life Base. Retrieved 2 January 2017.