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    Difference between Shrimp and Prawn?

    Hi All,

    Could you tell me what is the difference between "Shrimp" and "Prawn"? I always think they are the same, but the name in english is different....

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    Re: Difference between Shrimp and Prawn?

    from Dictionary.com:

    prawn (prôn)
    n. Any of various edible crustaceans similar to but larger than the shrimps.

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    Re: Difference between Shrimp and Prawn?

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    from Dictionary.com:

    prawn (prôn)
    n. Any of various edible crustaceans similar to but larger than the shrimps.
    In your daily life, I mean in the spoken english, would you classify what is prawn and what is shrimp? Because in my country, we just use one general noun to call this creature even they have slightly different, how about you?

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    Re: Difference between Shrimp and Prawn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    In your daily life, I mean in the spoken english, would you classify what is prawn and what is shrimp? Because in my country, we just use one general noun to call this creature even they have slightly different, how about you?
    They're generally called shrimps in US, and prawns in Aus.
    They're two different names for the same animal.
    I don't know what they're called elsewhere.

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    Re: Difference between Shrimp and Prawn?

    Prawns are bigger than shrimps, but both are delicious

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    Re: Difference between Shrimp and Prawn?

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Prawns are bigger than shrimps, but both are delicious
    Well, our prawns/shrimps are bigger than other prawn/shrimps. That's true!

    But you're right. They are different:

    Prawns
    Subphylum: Crustacea
    Class: Malacostraca
    Order: Decapoda
    Suborder: Dendrobranchiata

    Shrimps
    Subphylum: Crustacea
    Class: Malacostraca
    Order: Decapoda
    Suborder: Pleocyemata

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