A shrimp (Crangon allmanni)

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Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Found around all UK and Irish coasts.

Global distribution



Crangon allmanni is found in sandy or gravelly sediments from 20-250 m.

Depth range


Identifying features

  • Reddish grey colour.
  • Rostrum about half length of eye, narrrow with rounded apex.
  • Carapace with single mid-dorsal spine.
  • Sixth pleonite with deep dorsal groove flanked by ridges.

Additional information

The closely related species Crangon crangon, is found from the intertidal to 50 m and can co-occur with Crangon allmanni. Crangon crangon is commercially harvested in northern Europe and can be distinguished from Crangon allmanni by its brown-grey colouration and the lack of a dorsal groove of the sixth abdominal segment.

Listed by

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  7. Smaldon, G., Holthuis, L.B. & Fransen, C.H.J.M., 1993. Coastal Shrimps and Prawns (Revised edn). Shrewsbury: Field Studies Council.

  8. WoRMS 2007. The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). http://www.marinespecies.org, 2008-10-31


  1. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from: https://www.nbnatlas.org.

  2. OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System),  2024. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2024-05-20


This review can be cited as:

Marshall, C.E. 2006. Crangon allmanni A shrimp. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 20-05-2024]. Available from: https://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/2165

Last Updated: 21/06/2006