What is shrimp?

  • (noun): Any of various edible decapod crustaceans.
    Synonyms: prawn
    See also — Additional definitions below

Shrimp

The term shrimp is used to refer to some decapod crustaceans, although the exact animals covered can vary. Used broadly, it may cover any of the groups with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion – chiefly Caridea and Dendrobranchiata. In some fields, however, the term is used more narrowly, and may be restricted to Caridea, to smaller species of either group, or to only the marine species. Under the broader definition, shrimp may be synonymous with prawn, covering stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans with long narrow muscular tails (abdomens), long whiskers (antennae) and slender legs. They swim forwards by paddling with swimmerets on the underside of their abdomens. Crabs and lobsters have strong walking legs, whereas shrimp have thin fragile legs which they use primarily for perching.

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Some articles on shrimp:

Caridina Gracilirostris - Appearance
... names given to it, like the rhino shrimp and the mosquito shrimp ... If the shrimp's rostrum is broken off, it will regenerate ...
Caridina Gracilirostris
... Caridina gracilirostris is an algae-eating species of shrimp native to India ... Its common names include mosquito shrimp, rhino shrimp, red-fronted shrimp, Rudolph shrimp and red-stripe shrimp ...
Longjing Prawns
... Longjing prawns, also known as shrimp stir-fried with Dragon Well tea, is a specialty of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, produced using the meat of live river prawns coated with ... Shrimp dishes Bagoong Balchão Cahuamanta Camaron rebosado Char kway teow Cincalok Dancing shrimp Dobin mushi Dried shrimp Drunken shrimp Dynamite roll Eating live shrimp ... stock Lutefisk Salted fish Shark liver oil Shrimp paste Smoked fish Stockfish Surimi Roe more.. ...
Lysiosquillina Maculata
... Lysiosquillina maculata, the zebra mantis shrimp or striped mantis shrimp, is a species of mantis shrimp found across the Indo-Pacific region from East Africa to the Galápagos and Hawaiian Islands ... maculata is the largest mantis shrimp in the world ...
Shrimp - Miscellanea
... Only 57 exclusively fossil species are known in the shrimp fossil record ... Various coastal settlements in the United States have claimed the title "Shrimp Capital of the World" ...

More definitions of "shrimp":

  • (verb): Fish for shrimp.
  • (noun): Small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible.

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    Big fish eat small fish, and small fish eat shrimp eggs.
    Chinese proverb.

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