BIOTIC Species Information for Upogebia spp.
Researched byDr Paul Somerfield & Prof. Richard Warwick Data supplied byPML
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Scientific nameUpogebia spp. Common nameA shrimp
MCS CodeS1418 Recent Synonyms

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassEucarida OrderDecapoda
SuborderPleocyemata FamilyUpogebiidae
GenusUpogebia Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodActive suspension feeder
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesDiatoms, flagellates and plant detritus. HabitTubiculous
Bioturbator FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
Height Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potential100-1000m DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward et al., 1996, Webb, 1919, Candisani et al., 2001, Kevrekidis spp.,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound on many British and Irish coasts from the Shetlands to the Isles of Scilly although more common in the English Channel and the Irish Sea.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe, off the north-west coasts of the Atlantic, the southern coasts of Brazil, north-western coasts of Canada, southern Africa and Madagascar, and south-east mainland Asia.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate to warm temperate. Depth rangeLWST to 40 m.
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesMuddy sand
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward et al., 1996, MBA, 1957, Bruce et al., 1963, Campbell, 1982,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonMay to September Reproductive LocationAs adult
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturity1 year
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity5000
Egg/propagule size560 µm Fertilization typeInsufficient information
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodJuly to December
Duration of larval stage11-30 days   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Webb, 1919, Candisani et al., 2001, Kevrekidis spp., Tunberg, 1986,
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