Ghost Shrimp

Animal Guide : Crustaceans and Marine Molluscs

Ghost Shrimp
Fun Fact:
Ghost shrimp share their burrows with pea crabs, scale worms, snapping shrimp, and other small creatures.

What's for Lunch:
Plankton and detritus

Where's Home:
A permanent burrow in the mudflats

Scientific Name:
Neotrypaea californniensis

Animal Guide : Crustaceans and Marine Molluscs

Overview:

For the Ghost shrimp, a home improvement project is also a meal. As the shrimp tunnels through the mud and silt, expanding its burrow, it picks up and eats bits of plankton and detritus. Scale worms, snapping shrimp, pea crabs, and other invertebrate residents of the ghost shrimp's home help themselves to the leftovers. From the outside, the Ghost shrimp's burrow looks like a volcano-shaped mound on the mudflats.