Family : Penaeidae Rafinesque, 1815Genus : Batepenaeopsis Sakai& Shinomiya, 2011 3. Batepenaeopsis acclivirostris Alcock,1905 CommonName: Hawknose ShrimpSynonyms:Parapenaeopsis acclivirostris Alcock, 1905 Distribution:South and East Africa, West and East cost of India, Gulf and West coast ofMadagascar.Environment:From coastline to 50 m depthSize:Average total length of Males 37 mm, Females 72 mmCollection sites: Specimensexamined: 11 specimens examined, female max Tl 42mm and males with 40 mmDescription:Body slender, minutelysetose; rostrum straight with slightly uptilted tip, epigastric tooth absent; armedwith 6-9 teeth along entire margin of rostrum, reaching distal end ofantennular peduncle in females, shorter in males; carapace with short orbitalspine, antennal and hepatic spine prominent; branchiocardiac sulcus absent; postrostralcarina not reaching posterior margin of carapace; transverse suture prominent,located on branchial region at the level of third pereopod; epipod absent onall pereopods;cervical sulcus short, hepatic sulcus distinct and convex,gradually descending below pterygostomian angle, longitudinal suture long andextend up to cardiac region; antennular flagella equal in length, shorter thancarapace; basial spine present on first and second pereopods but absent onthird; dorsal carination on abdomen starts from third somite, ends at midposterior margin of sixth somite with a sharp spine; distomedian projection ofmedian lobe of petasma very small, curving dorsally; telson unarmed;distolateral projection of lateral lobe with slender distal part, in dorsalview and directed proximolaterally; posterior plate on sternite XIV broad andtrapezoidal; anterior plate of thelycum on sternite XIII semicircular, convexwith row of hair on anterior margin.
Pale with dullred specks on carapace; uropods and telson dark red; pereopods and antennalflagella banded with dark pink pleopods orange. Rostrum straight and uptitled,with 6-9 teeth along entire dorsal margin, reaching or exceeding thirdantennular articles in females not extending distal margin of second articlesin males; post rostral crest broad, ending near middle of carapace; epigastrictooth absent; longitudinal suture up to 2/3rd of carapace length antennular flagella 0.3-04times the length of carapace.
Epipod absent on first and second pereopods; basialspine present on first and second pereopods; telson unarmed. In males, distolateralprojection of petasma with distal part slender in dorsal position and directedproximolaterally; distamce between tip of projections about 2/5th oflength of petasma; lateral lobes of petasma without wing like projections; smalldistomedian projections. In females anterior plate of thelycum semicircular andconcave posterior plate broad and trapezoidal.
Remarks:Stray catches, caught with shrimp trawls, gill nets seines and other artisanalgear.Originaldescription: Alcock, A. (1905). A revision ofthe “Genus” Penaeus, with diagnoses of some new speciesand varieties. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 6: 508-532.