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What are shrimp?
A: Shrimp are crustaceans with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion.

Any small crustacean which resembles a shrimp tends to be what?
A: Called one.

How do they swim forward?
A: By paddling with swimmerets on the underside of their abdomens.

Their escape response is typically repeated flicks with the tail resulting in what?
A: Driving them backwards very quickly.

Crabs and lobsters have strong walking legs, whereas shrimp have what?
A: Thin, fragile legs which they use primarily for perching.

 

There are thousands of species adapted to what?
A: A wide range of habitats.

They can be found feeding near the seafloor on most what?
A: Coasts and estuaries, as well as in rivers and lakes.

To escape predators, some species flip off the seafloor and do what?
A: Dive into the sediment.

How long do they usually live?
A: From one to seven years.

 Shrimp are often solitary, though they can form large schools during what?
A: The spawning season.

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They play important roles in the food chain and are an important food source for what?
A: Larger animals ranging from fish to whales.

The muscular tails of many shrimp are edible to humans, and they are widely caught and what?
A: Farmed for human consumption.

Commercial shrimp species support an industry worth how many dollars a year?
A: 50 billion dollars.

In 2010 the total commercial production of shrimp was how much?
A: Nearly 7 million tonnes.

Shrimp farming became more prevalent during the 1980s, particularly where?
A: In China, and by 2007 the harvest from shrimp farms exceeded the capture of wild shrimp.

 

There are significant issues with excessive what when shrimp are captured in the wild?
A: Bycatch.

Many shrimp species are small as the term shrimp suggests, about 2 cm (0.79 in) long, but some shrimp exceed what length?
A: 25 cm (9.8 in).

Larger shrimps are more likely to be targeted commercially and are often referred to as what?
A: Prawns, particularly in the Commonwealth of Nations and former British colonies.

Most shrimp species are marine, although about a quarter of the described species are found where?
A: In fresh water.

Marine species are found at what depths?
A: Depths of up to 5,000 meters (16,000 ft).

 

Although shrimp are almost entirely fully aquatic, the two species of Merguia are semi-terrestrial and spend a significant part of their life where?
A: On land in mangrove.

Colonies of snapping shrimp are a major source of noise in the ocean and can interfere with what?
A: Sonar and underwater communication.

The small emperor shrimp has a symbiotic relationship with what?
A: Sea slugs and sea cucumbers and may help keep them clear of ectoparasites.

Pistol shrimp stun prey with what?
A:  "Sonic booms", producing some of the loudest sounds in the ocean.

Cleaner shrimp feed on what?
A: The parasites and necrotic tissue of the reef fish they groom.

 Some species of shrimp are known to cannibalize others as well if what?
A: If other food sources are not readily available.

 
 
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