Sitka Coastal Shrimp - Heptacarpus sitchensi |

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Sitka Coastal Shrimp (Heptacarpus sitchensi)

Arthropoda > Crustacea > Malacostraca > Decapoda > Pleocyemata > Caridea > Thoridae

An extremely variable species with at least 5 distinct color forms, several of which are represented here. The species can be common in tidepools ranging from Baja to Alaska.

1. Bauer, R.T. 1981. Color Patterns of the Shrimps Heptacarpus pictus and H. paludicola (Caridea: Hippolytidae) Marine Biology 64, 141-152
2. Wicksten, M.K. 2011. Decapod Crustacea of the Californian and Oregonian Zoogeographic Provinces. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library. UC San Diego: UC San Diego Library – Scripps Collection. Retrieved from:

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