Whiteleg Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)

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Whiteleg Shrimp

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Whiteleg Shrimp

Litopenaeus vannamei

114 Litres (30 US G.)

20.3-23.1cm (8-9.1 ")


8.2 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-7 years

This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Additional scientific names

Penaeus vannamei

Alternative names[edit]

King Prawn, Pacific White Shrimp


Widespread From Sonora, Mexico to Peru. Widely farmed worldwide.


Females are larger than males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

An avid predator. They will eat invertebrates, and fish.


Eats a wide range of foodstuffs.

Feeding regime[edit]


Environment Specifics[edit]

It will not tolerate copper or high levels of nitrates in the aquarium, but will require correct levels of iodine in the water to promote proper moulting.


A predatory shrimp, may try to eat tankmates unless fish are too large to pick.


A grey shrimp with a greyish-brown overall hue.


This species is widely farmed for seafood, being the most farmed. This makes it easy to obtain them from seafood suppliers that sell live shrimp. As these are farmed for food, be diligent of potential diseases that can spread to other invertebrates in the aquarium.


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