Observations on Burrowing Behavior of the Pink Shrimp, Penaeus duorarum Burkenroad
Observations were made on the burrowing behavior of pink shrimp (Penaeus duorarum) in St. Andrew Bay, Florida. Shrimp were released on the bottom or placed in bottomless cages, and their activity was observed over 24 hour periods using self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. All shrimp studied burrowed during daylight hours and showed varying degrees of nocturnal activity. Activity was observed between 1900 hours and 0430 hours with maximum activity occurring between 1900 and 2315 hours. A correlation between burrowing behavior and meon phase or light level is indicated. Two general methods of burrowing were observed with all animals penetrating the bottom to just below the surface of the substrate. A water circulation system set up by the shrimp was observed while the shrimp was burrowed; and response of burrowed shrimp to mechanical stimulation was tested.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1964-01-01
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