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Common Prawn (Palaemon serratus). Common prawns are semi-transparent and have exoskeletons which they must shed in order to grow (a process called 'ecdysis'), the new exoskeleton taking a couple of days to harden. (The Common Shrimp (Crangon crangon), with which they can be easily confused, is more sandy-coloured to match its environment.)

18th Aug 2008 by Deborah Latham

Biology, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Common Prawn Palaemon serratus Shrimp Crangon exoskeleton ecdysis

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