ANDY DAVIES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ANDY DAVIES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Large group of opossum shrimp, or mysids, underwater. These shrimp are named for their brood pouch (marsupium) in females, which performs an analogous role to the pouch in opossums, a marsupial mammal. A female receives a male's sperm into her pouch, where it fertilises the eggs. The eggs develop within the pouch until they hatch as miniature adults. They stay in the pouch for a few days until they are released. Females may produce a new brood every few days. Mysid shrimp are an important prey species for a variety of marine life. They themselves feed mainly on plankton. Species are found throughout the world's seas and oceans, in both shallow and deep water. Filmed in Wales, UK.
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