Stalked eyes, carapace covering the head and most of the thorax. Spine at anterodistal corner of eye stalk absent. Antenna 2 scale shorter than antenna 1 peduncle. Uropod endopod moderately longer than exopod with 8-9 robust setae present from statocyst nearly to the apex of medial margin, telson with robust setae along entire outer margins. Abdomen long, ending in a tail fan bearing pair of statocysts. Up to 1.5 cm long.
Opossum shrimps are so-called because they carry their eggs and young in a marsupium-like pouch. This species was once referred to as Haplostylus tattersalli. 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 95 m.
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