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Heptacarpus brevirostris (Dana, 1852)
Stout Coastal Shrimp
Family: Hippolytidae

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Distribution of Heptacarpus brevirostris in British Columbia
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The Stout Coastal Shrimp is found from northern Alaska to southern California, where it is occurs in the intertidal zone among rocks and eelgrass to depths of 128 m (Lamb and Hanby 2005). This is a species of 'broken back' shrimp that exhibits a sharp angle where the tail attaches to the body. Colour is highly variable.

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Hippolyte brevirostris Dana, 1852
Spironotocaris brevirostris (Dana, 1852)

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-05-29 6:52:20 AM]
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