Story: Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans

New Zealand scampi

New Zealand scampi

New Zealand scampi (Metanephrops challengeri) are deep-water animals, inhabiting burrows on the continental shelf. Ranging from 15 to 30 centimetres long, they have the appearance of a large prawn. Around 1,000 tonnes are landed each year.

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Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, 'Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans - Lobsters, prawns and krill', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8243/new-zealand-scampi (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, published 12 Jun 2006