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Shrimps are decapod crustaceans from the infraorder Caridea found around the world in fresh and salt water and in both shallow and deep waters. There are about 2,000 species of shrimps; they range in length from a fraction of an inch to up to eight inches. Most are about 1.5–3 inches long, with the larger species commonly known as prawns. They are closely related to crabs, crayfish, and lobsters—the main difference is that they have a semitransparent body, a flexible abdomen, and a fan-like tail allowing them to swim easily. They often eat small plants, animals, or even carrion. Female shrimps may lay anywhere between 1,500 and 14,000 eggs depending on species and conditions.

The various types of shrimps include the common European or sand shrimp ...

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