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General Description

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Caprellid, “Ghost” or “Skeleton” shrimps, so called for their skeletal appearance. Amphipod crustaceans, easily distinguished by the elongate stick-like body form and reduction of the abdominal appendages. Head is generally fused with pereonite 1. Pereopods on first 2 segments (pereonites) are most flexible and called gnathopods; gnathopods 2 being the largest, used in defense, feeding and substrate attachment. In many species pereopods 3 and 4 may also be reduced or absent. Gills on pereonites 3 + 4, rarely on pereonite 2. Pereopods 5 - 7 much smaller than 1 + 2, used for clinging to the substratum. In females, brood plates (öostegites) develop on pereonites 3 + 4. Much remains to be learnt about their biology, ecology and in many cases changing distributions.

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Depth range

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The original depth range was 0.5-300 m depth. The present new findings in the Atlantic, from 175 m on the outer shelf down to 924 m on the upper slope of the Bay of Biscay

Reference

Laubitz, D. R.; Sorbe, J. C. (). Deep-Water Caprellids (Amphipoda: Caprellidea) from the Bay of Biscay: A New Species and a New Locality Record. Journal of Crustacean Biology. (): -.

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Laubitz, D. R.; Sorbe, J. C. (1996). Deep-Water Caprellids (Amphipoda: Caprellidea) from the Bay of Biscay: A New Species and a New Locality Record. <em>Journal of Crustacean Biology.</em> 16(3): 626-632.
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Horton, Tammy [email]