Shrimp facts

Shrimp are the creatures whose body is segmented and is encased in shell. The walking legs, head spine and antennae are attached with head section. It belongs to the arthropods category. It have skeleton outside which provides them the unusual look. The shield of the head covers all the other features besides mouth opening, eyes and antennae. The U.S. people do not consume heads, outer skeleton and tails. These parts also consume high amount of nutrients.

Name Shrimp
Scientific Name Caridea
Common/English Name Caridean shrimp
Name in Other Languages Dutch: garnalen;
Swedish: editoräkta räkor;
Albanian: karkalec;
Basque: ganbak;
Belarusian: krevietka (крэветка);
Bosnian: škampi;
Bulgarian: skarida (скарида);
Catalan: gambeta;
Croatian: čovječuljak;
Czech: skrček;
Danish: rejer;
Dutch: garnaal;
Estonian: krevett;
Finnish: katkarapu;
French: crevette;
Galician: cámara;
German: Garnele;
Greek: garída (γαρίδα);
Hungarian: garnélarák;
Icelandic: rækjur;
Irish: shrimp;
Italian: gamberetto;
Latvian: garnele;
Lithuanian: krevetė;
Macedonian: rakčinja (ракчиња);
Maltese: gambli;
Norwegian: reker;
Polish: krewetka;
Portuguese: camarão;
Romanian: crevetă;
Russian: krevetka (креветка);
Serbian: švrća (шврћа);
Slovak: skrček;
Slovenian: kozice;
Spanish: camarón;
Swedish: räkor;
Ukrainian: krevetka (креветка);
Welsh: shrimp;
Armenian: manr tsovakhets’getin (մանր ծովախեցգետին);
Azerbaijani: karides;
Bengali:  Ciṇṛi (চিংড়ি);
Chinese (Simplified): Xiā (虾);
Chinese (Traditional): Xiā (蝦);
Georgian: shrimp;
Gujarati: Jhīṅgā (ઝીંગા);
Hindi: jheenga (झींगा);
Hmong: cw;
Japanese: Ebi (エビ);
Kannada: Sīgaḍi (ಸೀಗಡಿ);
Kazakh: asşayan (асшаян);
Khmer: bangkea (បង្គា);
Korean: saeu (새우);
Lao: kung (ກຸ້ງ);
Malayalam: cem’mīn (ചെമ്മീൻ);
Marathi: Kōḷambī māsā (कोळंबी मासा);
Mongolian: sam khorkhoi (сам хорхой);
Myanmar (Burmese): puhcwan (ပုစွန်);
Nepali: Cinrāṭa (चिंराट);
Sinhala: kunissā (කුනිස්සා);
Tajik: şrimp (шримп);
Tamil: Iṟāl (இறால்);
Telugu: Royyalu (రొయ్యలు);
Thai: Kûng (กุ้ง);
Uzbek: mayda qisqichbaqa;
Vietnamese: tôm;
Turkish: karides;
Afrikaans: garnale;
Chichewa: shirimpi;
Hausa: jatan lande;
Igbo: shrịmp;
Sesotho: shrimp;
Somali: haley;
Swahili: kamba;
Yoruba: awọn ede;
Zulu: nezimfanzi;
Cebuano: shrimp;
Filipino: hipon;
Indonesian: udang;
Javanese: urang;
Malagasy: makamba;
Malay: udang;
Maori: kōeke;
Esperanto: salikoko;
Haitian Creole: kribich;
Latin: squilla
Diet Omnivorous
Found Fresh and salt water
Size 0.3-5cm (0.1-2 inches)
Lifespan 1-2 years
Body sections Three sections: head, thorax and tail
Claws Two pairs
Skin Type Shell
Favorite food Tiny fish
Main prey Tiny fish, Plankton, Algae
Predators Fish, Whales, Crabs
Special features Transparent shell, beady eyes
  • White Shrimp
  • Brown Shrimp
  • Black Tiger Shrimp
  • Mexican Shrimp
Major Nutritions Protein 20.38 g (40.76%)
Copper, Cu 0.322 mg (35.78%)
Phosphorus, P 201 mg (28.71%)
Zinc, Zn 1.39 mg (12.64%)
Magnesium, Mg 33 mg (7.86%)
Sodium, Na 94 mg (6.27%)
Calcium, Ca 60 mg (6.00%)
Iron, Fe 0.43 mg (5.38%)
Potassium, K 220 mg (4.68%)
Manganese, Mn 0.028 mg (1.22%)
Health Benefits
  • Lose weight
  • Slows down ageing
  • Macular degeneration
  • Prevent hair loss
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Brain function
  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Lowers menstrual pain
Calories in 3 oz (85 gm) 84 Kcal.
  • It has high content of LDL cholesterol which could harden the artery walls due to high buildup of plaque that could lead to heart attack.
  • It could worsen arthritis or gout.
  • The raw consumption could cause food poisoning.
  • The heart patients should avoid it.
  • It might cause allergic reactions.
  • As it is high in uric acid, the excessive intake of shrimp could cause purine accumulation.
  • It could cause the symptoms such as nausea, hives, labored breathing, diarrhea, throat & mouth swelling, dizziness, abdominal pain, wheezing, eczema and itching eyes.
How to Eat
  • Shrimp is boiled, grilled, broiled, baked and fried.
  • The shrimp is combined with garlic, diced chili peppers, lemon juice etc.
  • The cold shrimp (cooked) is served with salsa dip.
  • The shrimp could be added to vegetable soups.
  • It is used in salads, appetizers and chowders.
Other Facts
  • The eggs of Shrimp hatch in two weeks.
  • It lives in both saltwater and freshwater.
  • May 9 is regarded as National Shrimp Day.
  • Some shrimp live up to six and half years.
  • It has ten legs.
  • Uncooked shrimp is known as green.


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