These amphipods are characterized by slender bodies and elongated appendages. Their skeletal appearance gives rise to the common name of "skeleton shrimp". Their distinctive upright feeding posture, gives them a striking resemblance to stick insects or "starved praying mantises".
Occur only on seaweeds. Up to a few thouands of individuals can be found on one plant.
Omniverous, adaptable, opportunistic feeders. Feed on everything from detritus to seaweed and other small creatures.
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