Stalked eyes, carapace covering the head and most of the thorax. Rostrum small. Antennae 2 scale lateral margins with setae. Posterior margin of carapace excavate, pereonites 7, 8 exposed. Abdomen long, ending in a tail fan bearing pair of statocysts. Lateral edge of tail fan (telson) armed with spines. Up to 1 cm long.
This species remains to be described but can be identified as belonging to the genus Mysidetes. Opossum shrimps are so-called because they carry their eggs and young in a marsupium-like pouch. Mysids can form large shoals in shallow waters, thus are an abundant food source for both adult and juvenile coastal fish.
Shallow water and seagrass beds, to depths of 37 m.
Southern temperate oceans.
Plankton or Particles
Recorded in Australia
sp. MoV 618
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed