Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Also known as
Northern prawn, deepwater prawn, pink shrimp
Northwest Atlantic and northeast Pacific Ocean
Soft bottoms with features that provide protection
Subphylum Crustacea (crabs, shrimps, and relatives); Family Penaeidae (prawns)
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Northern shrimp, also commonly known as northern prawn, are a sequential hermaphrodite. This is a term used for animals that start their life as one sex and change to the other later in life. In the case of northern shrimp, they are born as males and become females at around four or five years of age. This type of hermaphroditism is common in many other species of fish and gastropods (like snails and slugs). The common clownfish, like Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo, is another species that exhibits sequential hermaphroditism.