Traceable Species

Smooth Nylon Shrimp

Smooth Nylon Shrimp, Ama Ebi

Smooth Nylon Shrimp

The deepwater caridean shrimp, also known as smooth nylon shrimp, occurs throughout the tropical Pacific Ocean, whre it is found in benthic deepwater habitats. They have a distinctive reddish brown colour and white spots on their tail. They live in rocky seafloor habitat. Turning bright pink when cooked, these prawns are prized for their distinctive sweet flavour and firm texture.

Smooth Nylon Shrimp

Females mature at 40 mm and can be found carrying eggs year round; however, the main reproductive season is from August to February, with over 50% of females carrying eggs from October to January. Mature shrimp may undergo a depth related seasonal migration in synchrony with breeding. 

Food Info Smooth Nylon Shrimp


Species Range
Smooth Nylon Shrimp
Ama Ebi
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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