(10-15 specie in scandinavian waters)
Distribution in scandinavian waters
Maximum length: 2-3 cm.
Appearance: Half-transparent with a pouch on their
Depth: From sea-level to several hundred metres.
Environment: Swim often in large shoals amongst the
algae and seaweed close to the beach. Often mistakenly
thought to be youg shrimps.
Misc: Opossum shrimps eat in a variety of ways. Some are predators
and catch plankton, especially copepods. Quite often they use the legs
under their abdomen to catch their food. With their mouth they can also
filter food out of the water. All opossum shrimps play a major roll
in the food chain, especially as food for the fish.
Classification: The group opossum shrimps is a member of the
crustacean group under the arthropods.
Opossum shrimps Other
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Laboratory, Strömstad, Sweden
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