Shrimps generally belong to the family of decapod crustaceans because of their slender elongated bodies and loco-motor appendages attached to their narrow thorax.
As a marine species a shrimp has 5 pairs of fragile legs known as 'swimmerets or pleopods' which it uses to swim and perch.
Shrimps have extended antennae compared to their stubby, cylindrical abdomen.
There are more than 1,000 different species and broadly speaking they exist in abundance.
They feed around the sediment of the seafloor often living solitary for up to 7 years.
Their role in the food chain is immense. Shrimp meat is of great value as a food source for human consumption and other large animals.
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