Neomysis americana

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Neomysis americana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Mysida
Family: Mysidae
Genus: Neomysis
Species: N. americana
Binomial name
Neomysis americana
(S. I. Smith, 1873) [1]
Synonyms [1]

Mysis americana Smith, 1873

Neomysis americana is an "extremely common"[2] species of opossum shrimp along the Atlantic coast of North and South America. The species has a disjunct distribution, being present in an area extending from the Saint Lawrence River to Florida, and separately in parts of Argentina (Blanca Bay, Anegada Bay and Samborombón Bay).[2] There may be a further division within the North American populations between those north of Cape Henry, Virginia (including Georges Bank) and those from North Carolina southwards.[3] N. americana is an important prey item for a number of fish species, including the Atlantic silverside, the bluefish and the windowpane flounder, Scophthalmus aquosus.[4] Adults typically have a carapace length of 2.5–4 millimetres (0.10–0.16 in).[3]


  1. ^ a b J. Mees (2009). T. Deprez; et al., eds. "Neomysis americana (S.I. Smith, 1873)". NeMys. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Mónica S. Hoffmeyer (1990). "The occurrence of Neomysis americana in two new localities of the South American coast (Mysidacea)". Crustaceana. 58 (2): 186–192. JSTOR 20104540. doi:10.1163/156854090X00084. 
  3. ^ a b Austin B. Williams, Thomas E. Bowman & David M. Damakaer (1974). "Distribution, variation, and supplemental description of the opossum shrimp, Neomysis americana (Crustacea: Mysidacea)" (PDF). Fishery Bulletin. 72 (3): 835–842. 
  4. ^ Gary L. Ray & Keith Brewer (2004). "Monitoring of fish and fish-feeding habits on the shoreline of Raritan and Sandy Hook Bays, New Jersey: interim report" (PDF). NOAA Coastal Services Center.