Stalked eyes, carapace covering the head and most of the thorax. Eyes large, dorsoventrally flattened. Rostrum acute, triangular. Antennae 2 scale lateral margins with setae. Medial margin of uropod with numerous very small spines. Abdomen long, ending in a tail fan bearing pair of statocysts. Lateral edge of telson (tail fan) armed with spines. Up to 1 cm long.
This species was collected during the Port Phillip Bay Surveys of 1975 and again in 1995. It remains unidentified beyond the subfamily level. 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 12 m.
Southern temperate oceans.
Plankton or Particles
Recorded in Australia
sp. MoV 1017
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed