Common Grass Shrimp

Palaemonetes pugio

Image by Brian.gratwicke from Wikimedia, CC BY 2.5

Physical: Grass shrimp are commonly two colors; bright green or dark brown. Their abdomen is bent at a sharp angle, and maximum size is less then 1 inch. Females are usually larger than males.

Habitat: H. species live in eelgrass beds and on submerged algae. They range from New Jersey to the Gulf of Mexico.

Feeding: Grass shrimp are omnivorous scavengers, and feed primarily on small bits of vegetation as well as amphipods and other macro invertebrates.

Breeding: Fertilization is internal. The female then releases the eggs over an area on the bay floor. By spreading the eggs, it increases chances for successful hatching.

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