What's The Difference B/W Shrimps & Prawns?

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Shrimp and prawns are both crustaceans classified as decapods, but their suborders diverge: Pleocyemata for shrimps and Dendrobranchiata for prawns.

The differences range from appearance to reproduction, habitat, size, and flavor. So, let's examine these distinctions between two.

Pair of Claws

According to Southern Living, shrimp have a single pair of claws, one of which rests on each of two crab legs, while prawns have three pairs.

Body Structure

Both have three body segments, but they overlap differently, giving shrimp their curvy shape and prawns their straighter structure.

Size of Legs

The prawn's leg is typically longer than that of its shrimpy relative, and the prawn's offspring are genetically distinct from those of the shrimp.


Shrimp carry their fertilized eggs beneath their bodies, whereas prawn release their eggs to fend for themselves.

Where they live?

According to Healthline, most prawns thrive in fresh water, whereas at least 75% of shrimp inhabit saltwater environments.


Unseasoned shrimp may appear slightly saltier, while unseasoned prawns may have a hint of sweetness. In addition to size, this can inform your recipes.


Generally speaking, prawns are larger than shrimp, so pay close attention to the weight and quantity of shrimp or prawns called for in a recipe.

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