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Lophogastrids: Lophogastrida

Lophogastrids And People

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

DEEP-SEA DEFENSES

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