Snapping shrimp (alpheid shrimp)

alpheid 2Snapping shrimp (Alpheid shrimp) larva

Collected: September 2015, North Inlet SC.

Notes: This unidentified alpheid shrimp may be a member of the genus Alpheus, but the larval stages of this group are largely undescribed. Alpheid larvae are mos common incoastal areas in summer. As adults, these shrimp make a loud snapping sound using a large modified claw. The sound may be used to stun prey.

Alpheid eye2 big

Alpheid (anterior)

ID Notes: 1. The last thoracic legs (at bottom) are very long and curl forward.

2. The eye has a distinctive shape

 

Collected by Paul Kenny, Baruch Marine lab, University of South Carolina