Marsh Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes vulgaris)

marsh grass shrimp

The marsh grass shrimp (Palaemonetes vulgaris) lives in South Carolina salt marshes year-round and is often found on or near oyster reefs.

The marsh grass shrimp is one of several shrimp species found in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea). This crustacean lives in the salt marsh year-round and is often found on or near oyster reefs. The marsh grass shrimp feeds mainly on algae and decaying plant and animal material (called detritus) and is eaten by various fish, birds, and crabs. The marsh grass shrimp is not harvested commercially or recreationally in South Carolina.