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Lophogastrids: Lophogastrida

Lophogastrids And People

Lophogastrids are probably an important food source for many fish that are eaten by people.


The brilliant red color of giant red mysids appears black in the dim light that penetrates the waters of their deep-sea home. This makes them virtually invisible to many predators. But if they are discovered, they can spit out a glowing fluid. The sudden splash of light startles and distracts predators, giving the mysid a chance to escape. If all else fails, their hard, spiny carapace will discourage even the hungriest of predators.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related SpeciesLophogastrids: Lophogastrida - Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Lophogastrids And People, Giant Red Mysid (gnathophausia Ingens): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS