Brown Shrimp

Crangon crangon


The Brown Shrimp, also known as the 'Common Shrimp', lives in shallow, sheltered waters of muddy and sandy shores; it is especially common in estuaries such as the Wash. It lives almost buried in the sand, from where it ambushes its prey of worms, molluscs and other crustaceans.

How to identify

There are several, very similar species of shrimp around our coasts. This is the commonest, found in large numbers in estuaries. It is practically translucent with brown spots and antennae almost as long as its body.

Where to find it

Found in shallow seas all round our coasts.


When to find it

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How can people help

Crustaceans provide a vital link in the food chain for many of our rarer species. Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Brown Shrimp
Latin name
Crangon crangon
Barnacles, crabs, shrimps and lobster
Length: 3-5cm Average Lifespan: 3 years
Conservation status