Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Crustacea
                 Family : Caridea
  Scientific Name : Caridea

                      Size : 0.3 - 5cm (0.1 - 2in)
            Life Span : 1 - 2 years
           Skin Type : Shell
Special Features : Transparent shell 
                                and beady eyes
  1. Shrimps are marine crustaceans found in water all around the world.
  2. They are mostly found at the river beds and ocean beds worldwide.
  3. They are very small in size measuring between 0.3cm to 5 cm.
  4. There are around 2000 species of shrimp in the world.
  5. They are very closely related to prawns.
  6. Shrimps and prawns distinguish themselves from other crustaceans by their ability to swim.
  7. The major difference between shrimps and prawns is in their gill structure.
  8. Though they are invertebrates, they have an exoskeleton which is the shell of the shrimp.
  9. Their shells are colorless and transparent making them hard to spot in water.
  10. Shrimps are known to filter sand and particles in water.
  11. They are omnivores feeding on algae, plankton, tiny fish and other plant particles.
  12. Interestingly, a species of shrimp is known to stun its prey by making a loud snapping noise with its claws.
  13. Shrimps are preyed upon by many animals like- fish, crustaceans, starfish, sea birds, whales and humans.
  14. The female shrimp is known to lay up to a million eggs at once which hatch after 2 weeks.
  15. The tiny shrimp after hatching are a part of plankton till they are big enough to hunt.
  16. Shrimps stay in large groups called schools and are very adaptable to the change in water conditions.

 

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