How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Munidopsis quadrata's eyes are not pigmented plus it lives only in very deep water.
Geographical Range: Sitka, Alaska to Los Coronados, Baja California
Depth Range: 12-1463 m depth
Habitat: Rock faces or cobble in low current, slightly silty areas.
in areas with low oxygen. Eats detritus, carrion, small
This crustacean can actively swim. They are one of the main
observed on the surfaces of deep-sea sponges off British
They are predators on other benthic shrimp.
Flora and Fairbanks, 1966
Kozloff 1987, 1996
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Wallis, E., D. Paul, B. Antonsen, and R. Hollenberg,
on a segmental theme: muscle receptor organs and extensor
in the squat lobster Munida quadrispina (Anomura,
Journal of Experimental Biology 198: 12 2453-2463
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