Location: Juno Beach, Florida
August 12, 2010 3:59 pm
Hi, I recently discovered what I think is a new species of brine shrimp. I found it in June and am now glad to have found this site. I found it in some seaweed at the beach. I saw you guys had a crustacean section. I’m not sure exactly how professional you guys are but if this is indeed a new species and you are true professionals can you please help me classify it or something? Thank you.
We consider ourselves to be professionals and we conduct ourselves in a professional manner, but we do not have a degree in entomology, nor in any of the natural sciences for that matter. We are not experts in the identification of arthropods. We do not recognize your shrimp and the photographs are not ideal for illustrating the morphology of the creature you have discovered. Actual inspection of the specimen would be needed to determine if this is a species new to science. We would suggest contacting your local natural history museum for assistance in the identification of your transparent shrimplike creature. We will post your letter and image and perhaps one of our readers will recognize this fascinating looking marine invertebrate.
Karl supplies an answer
Hi Daniel and Roman:
I would definitely defer to an expert on such creatures but I think this may be a Cleaner Shrimp (Hippolytidae), possibly in the genus Tozeuma. Members of the genus go by a variety of names (arrow, toothpick, gorgonian, needle, sawblade and razorblade shrimp, for example), and they are more or less globally distributed. There are three identified species along the USA Atlantic coast; T. cornutum, T. carolinensis and T. serratum. They are typically attached to eel grass and similar marine plants, as well as gorgonians or coral, where their cryptic coloration and slender shape help them to hide. As Daniel suggested, you should probably seek out someone with real expertise, but I believe this is the right track. Regards. Karl