PORT PHILLIP BAY


Vincent's Opossum Shrimp 

Siriella vincenti Tattersall, 1927

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Class:
Malacostraca
Subclass:
Eumalacostraca
Superorder:
Peracarida
Order:
Mysida
Family:
Mysidae
Subfamily:
Siriellinae
Genus:
Siriella
Species:
vincenti

General Description

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.

Biology

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.

Habitat

Shallow water and seagrass beds, to depths of 82 m.

Seagrass meadows

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

East Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific, South Indian Ocean, South Pacific, West Central Pacific, southern temperate oceans including south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Prawns, shrimps, lobsters Mysids

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor Midwater

Max Size

15 mm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 1012

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Taylor, J.

Dr. Jo Taylor is the Sciences Collections Online Coordinator at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Poore, G.C.B.

Dr. Gary Poore is Principal Curator Emeritus at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Taylor, J. & Poore, G.C.B., 2011, Vincent's Opossum Shrimp, Siriella vincenti, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 30 Mar 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5547

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