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Pink Shrimp

Farfantepenaeus duorarum


  • Color ranges from rusty brown to pink and occasionally yellow or gray
  • Tips of tail can be blue to purple
  • Carapace and base of tail smooth with narrow shallow grooves along midline
  • Dark-colored spot usually present on each side between third and fourth abdominal segments
  • Decapod crustaceans with five pairs of legs; first three sets of walking legs with claws
  • Toothed rostrum that extends to or beyond the outer edge of the eyes
  • Large, well-developed eyes; large swimmerets

Similar Species

Brown shrimp Farfantepenaeus aztecus (lacks spot between third and fourth abdominal segments); white shrimp Litopenaeus setiferus (lacks grooves on carapace; has longer antennae than brown or pink shrimp)


Can reach over 8 inches in body length.


Inshore and offshore waters in a wide variety of salinities over coarse sediment bottoms. Juveniles usually inhabit seagrass beds and algal mats within estuaries.


Larvae feed on plankton (tiny floating plants and animals); juveniles and adults feed on copepods, small mollusks, diatoms, algae, plant detritus, bacterial films, slime molds and yeast.


Pink shrimp can spawn year-round with peak spawning during spring, summer and fall. Spawning occurs in deeper and more southern waters. Females release about 500,000 to 1 million eggs near the ocean floor.

Additional Information

Short life span, usually less than 2 years.

Recreational regulations

Also known as: Penaeus duorarum

Photo credit: Janessa Fletcher, FWC