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Mysids: Mysida

Mysids And People

Some mysids are harvested and processed for use as fish food or bait. In Asia, mysids are commonly sold as food for humans. They are also used as research animals because they are easy to collect, handle, and keep in the laboratory.


Mysids are sometimes called "opossum shrimps" because the females of some species have leg bases with well developed plates. These plates form an enclosed chamber, or brood pouch, under the thorax. This pouch, called the marsupium, protects the eggs and young and is similar in function to the marsupia of opossums, kangaroos, and other marsupial mammals. The word marsupium is the Latin word for pouch.

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