Pandalus platyceros

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Pandalus platyceros
Spot shrimp (Pandalus platyceros).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Caridea
Family: Pandalidae
Genus: Pandalus
Species: P. platyceros
Binomial name
Pandalus platyceros
Brandt, 1851[1]

Pandalus platyceros, also called California spot prawn (as well as Santa Barbara spot prawns and Monterey Bay spot prawns[2]) or Alaskan prawn, is a shrimp of the genus Pandalus.[1]

Spot shrimp are a large shrimp found in the North Pacific. They range from the waters off Unalaska Island, Alaska, to San Diego. The commercial spot prawn fishery along the British Columbia coast is considered sustainable ("occur in sufficient numbers to support several small commercial and recreational fisheries"[3]) and provides the largest landed value to the BC shrimp fishery.


  1. ^ a b "Pandalus platyceros". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Parsons, Russ (June 4, 2008). "Spot prawns are a West Coast treasure". Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Underwater World - Selected Shrimps of British Columbia, retrieved 29 May 2009