APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Palaemon elegans Rathke, 1837 - Glass prawn (Prawn and shrimp images)
Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- lateral view rostrum 1

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- lateral view rostrum 2

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- lateral view rostrum 3

Image above are of the rostrum of a juvenile specimen found in a high uppershore pool at Skilly, near Newlyn, Cornwall. 04.04.16.

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- with marine flatworm parasite Fecampia erythrocephala 1

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- with marine flatworm parasite Fecampia erythrocephala 2

Above images of a parasitic marine flatworm, Fecampia erythrocephala, the Parasitic crab flatworm, in Palaemon elegans host, the latter was found in a small pool under a rock in the SW corner of Penzance Harbour, Penzance, Cornwall. 26.04.16. This was a significant find as it confirmed the parasite was present in both Palaemon elegans and Palaemon serratus.

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- lateral view rostrum 4

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- anterior view 1

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- lateral view 1

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- lateral view 2

Glass prawn
Palaemon elegans
- lateral view 3

Images of species taken at Batten Beach, Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon, 13.01.06; Spit Point, Par, near St. Austell, Cornwall, 13.01.09; and at Chyandour Rocks, Chyandour, Penzance, Cornwall, 25.09.11.

Separating Palaemon elegans from Palaemon serratus, the Common Prawn can be quite tricky, notibly the species is up to 60mm long. The rostrum of the species, the pointed spike at the front of the animal, is more or less straight. There are 7-9 teeth along its upper edge and these finish close to tip. 3 sometime 2 teeth are situated behind the eye orbit. There are 2 (3) 4 teeth on lower edge of rostrum).

Scientific and European Names:
Palaemon elegans, Glass prawn, Stripestrandreke, Gewone Steurgarnaal, Gewone Steurkrab, Bouquet, Crevette Rose, Stripet Strandreke, Krewetka Elegancka, Elegant Tangraka.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Palaemon elegans synonym Leander elegans Glass prawn Natantia Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.