Stalked eyes, carapace covering the head and most of the thorax. Lateral margin of rostrum without spines. Abdomen long, ending in a tail fan bearing pair of statocysts. Translucent except for small black chromatophores and the pair of black eyes. Up to 1.5 cm long.
Opossum shrimps are so-called because they carry their eggs and young in a marsupium-like pouch. The young which hatch from it are miniatures of the adults. The legs are more adapted for swimming than walking and each has two branches. Hundreds or thousands of individuals often swarm quite close to the sea floor and can be seen while snorkelling over sand or seagrass.
Shallow water and seagrass beds, to depths of 85 m.
East Indian Ocean, southern temperate oceans including south-eastern Australia.
Plankton or Particles
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed