Shrimp For Kids Amazing Animal Books For Young Readers

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Shrimp are some of the most popular kinds of seafood. You might have
seen them at a seafood restaurant, or on TV or in movies. Shrimp seems
to be a really luxurious food at some times, and at other times, it’s used
in things like egg rolls, which are not very expensive most of the time.
However, have you ever wondered what shrimp are like as animals
instead of food? There is a whole world of animals within the group
name of shrimp. Many kinds of shrimp live throughout the world, and
they can be interesting and beautiful to see.
From the itty bitty two centimeter shrimps, to the twenty-five
centimeter ones, there is diversity in size and location among the
What is a shrimp?

‘Shrimp’ is not a specific term. It’s not scientifically decided exactly
what is a shrimp and what is not. But, in a broad term, it means any
crustacean (a crustacean is a small water creature with a shell) that has
a long sort of body, and that gets around by making a sort of swimming
shrimp amazing animal books
A red marine shrimp.

The thing with shrimp is that often, for larger shrimp or for other
reasons, they can be called prawns. Prawns and shrimp are not
scientifically different; they’re just different names for the same group
of animals.
The word prawn is used for different creatures in different places, so
there’s no specific difference.
Shrimp have long, muscular bodies. They also have eyes on stalks
which can see panoramically, meaning in many directions at once,
which is similar to other crustaceans. But one of the big things about
them is that they have more developed pleopods than other crustaceans.
A pleopod is a special sort of swimming leg, or swimmeret. They also
have long slim legs, which are mostly used to perch on things.
Unlike their cousins, the shrimp tends to swim instead of walk. They
use their legs and tail to propel themselves along.
A shrimp, at least, of the most common kind, will be divided into two
parts: the head and thorax, and the abdomen. The head and thorax,
which is basically the chest, are fused together in most shrimp, making
up the cephalothorax, which literally means 'head-chest.' This part of
the body has a harder shell called a carapace. It's more protected
because it's more vital; the chest holds important parts such as the

Also, the carapace protects the gills. Gills are a way of turning the
oxygen in the water into something the shrimp can absorb. It's like the
water version of lungs in humans or other land-dwelling animals. Some
animals have both gills and lungs, or can survive in the air for a while.
The shrimp is not usually one of these.
The cephalothorax (remember, the head-chest) has a number of pairs of
legs attached. The first three pairs are used for moving food to the
mouth. The mouth has a sort of pointed thing above it, and this is where
the water is forced into the gills so that its oxygen can be taken.
Then, there's the other legs, which are used for perching.
Meanwhile, there's the long, narrow abdomen. This has a number of
legs at each segment; there are six segments, and one pair of legs to
each. If you haven't guessed by now, the shrimp has a lot of legs! There

legs are used more for swimming. Lastly, there is one little pair of leg-
like things called uropods. These allow the shrimp to steer, including

being able to go backwards.
Some shrimp use their back legs for brooding, which means taking care
of eggs.
One thing that the fanned tail of the shrimp can do is called lobstering.
If they are startled, they will lift that tail and bring it down rapidly,
sending themselves shooting backwards. This protects them from their
predator or whatever else has startled them. It is a very fast reaction.
How do shrimp act?

There are about six hundred kinds of shrimp or so. So, it's nearly
impossible to say how all shrimp act. There are big differences between
different kinds.
shrimp amazing animal books
A pair of cleaner shrimp.

Most shrimp are omnivorous, meaning that they'll eat a wide range of
things. Some eat parasites from fish, and some eat algae.
Some kinds of shrimp partner up or work with other fish. One kind, the
tiger pistol shrimp, often partners up the yellow watchman goby, which
is a kind of fish. The two will live together; it'll be the shrimp's job to
make and keep the burrow, and it's the goby's job to keep a lookout,
because the tiger pistol shrimp is blind.
Pistol shrimps are an example of an unusual shrimp. They have sort of
claws, different sizes for each claw. These claws making a loud
clicking noise when they use them, and the noise actually often causes
problems for underwater recordings. This is because they use the noise
to stun prey; often, these noises are called sonic booms. It’s one of the
loudest noises in the ocean.

Emperor shrimp live on other animals, such as sea slugs and sea
cucumbers. These animals allow them to live on them as long as they
clear parasites; the parasites are food for the emperor shrimp, and they
get protection from being with the sea slug or sea cucumber, so both
parties benefit.
Cherry shrimp, which are freshwater shrimp from Taiwan, are very
non-aggressive shrimp. They are very popular as pets in Taiwan, and
they tend to graze on algae and other materials throughout the day.
Interestingly, these are actually not naturally red shrimp; instead, the

red shrimp often sold in pet stores are a morph. A morph is a naturally-
occurring color in a species, but is not the majority color. An example

is the black panther, which can be a black jaguar morph.
Pederson’s shrimp, which are pretty, transparent and purple shrimp,
live in Bermuda. They are cleaner shrimp, and they tend to live in
anemones. This type of shrimp has to immunize itself to the anemone’s
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