Ghost Shrimp

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Description of the Ghost Shrimp

The Ghost Shrimp is also commonly known as the American Freshwater Glass Shrimp, Eastern Grass shrimp or Glass Shrimp. The shrimp is mostly transparent but it can alter the pigment in its skin to camouflage itself to its environment.

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Popular Name: Ghost Shrimp
Species: Palaemonetes paludosus

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Ghost Shrimp

Profile of the Ghost Shrimp
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Ghost Shrimp species.

  • Size: Up to 2.5cm

  • Temperament: Peaceful, good addition to a community tank

  • Habitat: Fresh water lakes

  • Range: Southern USA

Scientific Classification of the Ghost Shrimp
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Palaemonetes paludosus

  • Popular Name: Ghost Shrimp - American Freshwater Glass Shrimp - Glass Shrimp

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Palaemonidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Ghost Shrimp?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Ghost Shrimp have gills?
Gills enable the Ghost Shrimp to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Ghost Shrimp called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). True crabs are Decapod Crustaceans. Some species such as Hermit crabs, Porcelain crabs King crabs and Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs!  Decapod Crustaceans have five pairs of legs, the first three are used for feeding. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

Interesting Facts and Information about Ghost Shrimp

Ghost Shrimp

  • Interesting Information about Ghost Shrimp

  • Facts about Fish Species - What are Crustaceans?

  • Why do the Crustaceans have an exoskeleton (external skeleton)?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Palaemonetes paludosus

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