Palaemonetes vulgaris

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Palaemonetes vulgaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Caridea
Family: Palaemonidae
Genus: Palaemonetes
Species: P. vulgaris
Binomial name
Palaemonetes vulgaris
(Say, 1818) [1]
Synonyms [1]
  • Palaemon vulgaris Say, 1818
  • Palaemonetes carolinus Stimpson, 1871
  • Palaemon carolinus (Stimpson, 1871)
  • Palaeomonopsis carolinus (Stimpson, 1871)

Palaemonetes vulgaris, variously known as the common American prawn, common grass shrimp, marsh grass shrimp or marsh shrimp,[1] is a common species of shrimp in the western Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.[2] Adults grow to less than 5 cm (2.0 in) long, and are transparent except for some orange pigmentation on the eyestalks.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Palaemonetes vulgaris (Say, 1818)". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Ritindra N. Khan, Henry C. Merchant & Robert E. Knowlton (1997). "Effects of macrophytic cover on the distribution of grass shrimps, Palaemonetes pugio and P. vulgaris". Invertebrate Biology. 116 (3): 243–247. JSTOR 3226900. 
  3. ^ Edward E. Ruppert & Richard S. Fox (1988). Seashore animals of the Southeast: a guide to common shallow-water invertebrates of the southeastern Atlantic Coast. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0-87249-535-3.