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Subject: What is the difference between shrimp and prawns?

Date: Wed Sep 19 19:27:21 2001
Posted by Jim
Grade level: grad (non-science) School: No school entered.
City: San Jose State/Province: CA Country: USA
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 1000942041.Zo

Many think the difference between shrimp and prawns is the size with prawns 
just big shrimps.  I remember reading somewhere that (could be the reverse) 
that prawns are freshwater while shrimps live in saltwater or brakish water.  I 
also notice prawns have claws while shrimps do not, but this may just be 
species dependent.

What is the scientific difference(s) between shrimp and prawn?  Thanks in 



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