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 serratus (Pennant, 1777) - Common or Great prawn (Prawn images)
Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- lateral view of rostrum 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- tail / rostrum 1

Specimen above found at Albert Pier reef, Penzance, Cornwall, 17.05.15.

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view head anterior 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view head anterior 2

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view head anterior 3

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- lateral view in container 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- thumbnails of images above 1

Specimen above found on a pontoon at Newlyn Marina, Newlyn, Cornwall, 11.08.20.

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- lateral view head 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- lateral view head 2

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view head 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view head 2

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view head 3

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- lateral view 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view 2

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- dorsal view 3

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- abdomen 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- in childs bucket 1

Common or Great prawn
Palaemon serratus
- with Fecampia parasite 1

Separating Palaemon serratus from Palaemon elegans can be a little tricky. However, Palaemon serratus are reported to be up to 100mm in length but generally around 60mm. The rostrum of the species, the pointed spike at the front of the animal, curves upwards. There are 6-7 teeth along top edge these aren't close to the tip as they are with P. elegans. Palaemon serratus has 2 dorsal teeth behind eye orbit and 4 or 5 teeth on lower edge of rostrum.

Images of species taken at Wembury, 28.03.06; and at Spit Point, Par, near St. Austell, Cornwall, 23.06.09 and 24.06.09.

Palaemon serratus can be parasitized by a marine flatworm called Fecampia erythrocephala.

A video clip of Palaemon serratus can be found at A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife and Nature Video Clips.

Palaemon serratus, the Common Prawn, was once known, and can be found in old books as Leander serratus.

Scientific and European Names:
Palaemon serratus, Leander serratus, Common prawn, Prawn, Gezaagde Steurgarnaal, Bouquet, Crevette Rose and Sagergarnele.

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 serratus synonym Leander serratus Common Great 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.