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FAO Names
En - Whiteleg shrimp, Fr - Crevette pattes blanches, Sp - Camarón patiblanco.
3Alpha Code: PNV     Taxonomic Code: 2280100111
Scientific Name with Original Description
Penaeus vannamei  Boone, 1931, Bull.Am.Mus.Nat.Hist., 63:173.
Geographical Distribution

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Eastern Pacific: from Sonora, Mexico, south to northern Peru.
Habitat and Biology
Depth 0 to 72 m.Bottom mud. Marine (adults), and estuarine (juveniles).
Size
Maximum total length 230 mm; maximum carapace length 90 mm.
Interest to Fisheries
The inshore fishery for this species is of major importance in Mexico, especially in the southern part. It is also taken in considerable quantities by the Mexican offshore trawlers. In Guatemala and El Salvador P. vannamei is the dominant species, but its importance seems to diminish farther to the southwest. The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 2 479 t. The countries with the largest catches were El Salvador (1 379 t) and Ecuador (1 100 t).
Local Names
Mexico : Camarón blanco ,  White shrimp ( this name is used for all species of Litopenaeus).
Nicaragua : White shrimp (this name is used for all species of Litopenaeus).
Costa Rica : White shrimp ( this name is used for all species of Litopenaeus).
Panama : White shrimp ( this name is used for all species of Litopenaeus),  Camarón patiblanco .
Colombia : White shrimp (this name is used for all species of Litopenaeus),  Camarón café .
Ecuador : White shrimp (this name is used for all species of Litopenaeus).
Peru : White shrimp (this name is used for all species of Litopenaeus),  Langostino (Used for all species of Litopenaeus).
Source of Information
FAO CATALOGUE Vol.1 - Shrimps and Prawns of the World. An Annotated Catalogue of Species of Interest to Fisheries.L.B. Holthuis 1980.  FAO Fisheries Synopsis No.125, Volume 1.
 
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