What Is It?

By MDC | July 1, 2022
From Xplor: July/August 2022
  • My body is clear like a ghost.
  • Unlike my cousins who live on the coast.
  • I like clean, fresh water the most.
  • If there’s too much pollution, I’m toast.

Grass Shrimp

Mississippi grass shrimp are also called ghost shrimp because of their see-through bodies. The 2-inch-long crustaceans are related to saltwater shrimp but live in shallow, slow-moving streams and swampy areas near the Mississippi River. They hide from predators among aquatic plants and eat tiny insects, plankton, and algae. Grass shrimp are sensitive to water pollution, so finding them is a good clue that a stream or swamp is healthy.

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