The Assessment of Hydrocarbon and Hydrocarbon Dispersants Impacts on Embryos of Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes Pugio)
Jacksonville State University
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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
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Grass shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio) are an important species from an ecological perspective because they serve as a link for energy transfer between trophic levels in the coastal food web. Grass shrimp are predators of meiofauna and small infaunal polychaetes, oligochaetes and nematodes. Grass shrimp are also consumed in large quantities by commercially important fishes and forage species, including spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) and mummichogs (Fundulus heteroclitus).