- Carpopenaeus callirostris
- Cretaceous Age
- Hjoula, Lebanon
- Matrix measures approx. 2 1/4″ wide
Carpopenaeus is an extinct genus of prawn, which existed during the Upper Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Shrimp is a generic term for some decapod crustaceans, although the exact animals covered can vary. Used broadly, it may cover any of the groups with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion – most commonly Caridea and Dendrobranchiata. In some fields, however, the term is used more narrowly, and may be restricted to Caridea, to smaller species of either group, or to only the marine species. Under the broader definition, shrimp may be synonymous with prawn, covering stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans with long narrow muscular tails (abdomens), long whiskers (antennae), and slender legs. They swim forward by paddling with swimmerets on the underside of their abdomens. Crabs and lobsters have strong walking legs, whereas shrimp have thin fragile legs which they use primarily for perching.