Stalked eyes, carapace covering the head and most of the thorax. Abdomen long, ending in a tail fan bearing pair of statocysts. Lateral edge of telson armed with spines. Up to 1.5 cm long.
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 82 m.
East Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific, South Indian Ocean, South Pacific, West Central Pacific, 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