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Substrate Selection by Ghost Shrimp

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Description The purpose of this experiment is to determine if ghost shrimp show a preference for a particular substrate surface under artificial conditions. Ghost shrimp are geographically widespread. They are an important source of food for many fish, mammals, and birds. Ghost shrimp are omnivorous, seldom predaceous. Their preferred food is aquatic vegetation. Ecologically, they are considered scavengers. Therefore, they contribute to an efficient flow of energy within aquatic habitats. Economically, they have become a favorite source of live food for aquarium fish and are sold in pet stores and are harvested for bait for sport fishing.
Type of Resource Laboratory or Hands-On Activity, Lesson Plan
Format Portable Document Format - PDF
Technical Note Adobe Acrobat
Sue Diggs, Monterey High School
Development Date July 1, 2000
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
National Science
Educational Standards
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (K-12), Behavior of organisms (9-12), Change, constancy, and measurement (K-12), Diversity and adaptations of organisms (5-8), Evidence, models, and explanation (K-12), Form and function (K-12), Populations and ecosystems (5-8), Regulation and behavior (5-8), Structure and function in living systems (5-8), Understandings about scientific inquiry (K-12)
Learning Time 2-3 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Staff
Review Date January 12, 2007
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