Neomysis americana

Neomysis americana-mysid

Location: 5 km offshore from Chincoteague, VA. Depths of 5-7 meters. Caught using an epibenthic sled (363 micrometer mesh). Summer 2005

Notes: Neomysis sometimes dominated the macrofauna of summer collections at this location. This female is brooding her young in a ventral brood pouch.

Neomysis americanus (telson and uropods- lateral view)

This is a lateral view (animal lying on its back) of the last abdominal segment, which ends with a pair of lateral uropods and the median telson.

The sharply tapered telson with two terminal spines separates Neomysis from other common nearshore mysids. The telson may be obscured by the uropods in some views.

The inner uropod on each side has a statocyst, as is typical of mysids.

Neomysis americanus (telson) The sharply tapered telson with two terminal spines separates Neomysis from other common nearshore mysids.

 

Collected by: William S. Johnson, Goucher College