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Sand Shrimp

Crangon septemspinosa

Max Size: 7 cm (2.5 cm)
Habitat: Eelgrass beds, salt marshes, estuaries.
Diet:  Forages for algae, decaying organic matter
Fun Facts:

  • Sand Shrimp burrow in the sediment with only antennae exposed, emerging at night to forage for food
  • Dusky, sand coloration for camouflage
  • Easy to distinguish from the Grass shrimp by the flat, spade-like shape of its head. The sand shrimp additionally lacks a rostrum
  • Sand Shrimp can withstand a relatively wide range of temperatures and salinities