- Distinguishing characteristics: The common grass shrimp has a delicate, nearly transparent body with a distinctive serrated “horn” over the eyes.
In the Wild
- Habitat: These shrimp typically live in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
- Diet: Forages for worms, algae, and tiny crustaceans.
- Predators: Small fish such as sunfish and kill fish.
- Size: 1.5 inches
- Breeding: Grass Shrimp usually spawn in summer when temperatures are warm. Most females molt before mating, and their eggs hatch into free swimming larvae after 12-20 days.
- Life Span: Approximately 1 year.
In the Aquatics Lab
- Diet: Squid Tentacles
- Size: 1in.
- Quantity: 1 Grass Shrimp
- Virginia Regulations: None
- Commercial Uses: None