The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.

The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.

January 24, 2020 2 By Nirav Thakkar
Macro of an Amano shrimp ( Caridina japonica ) in a fish tank

The heart of a shrimp is located in its head. But if we base it on the exact anatomy of a shrimp, its heart is located on its thorax just after the head, but both the head and thorax are covered with a single exoskeleton only, that is why the shrimps thorax can be mistaken as still part of the shrimp head.

Shrimp are excellent swimmers.
One of the fun facts about shrimp that you might not know is that these arthropods are actually quite good at swimming. They can propel themselves backwards quickly by flexing the muscles of their abdomen and tail.

There are over 2,000 species of shrimps.

Shrimp are widespread, and can be found near the seafloor of most coasts and estuaries, as well as in rivers and lakes.

They usually live from 1 to 7 years.

There are some very long lived shrimp species, such as the ope ula (Hawaiian Red Shrimp). This shrimp can live beyond 20 years in captivity.

The female shrimp may lay from 1,500 to 14,000 eggs, which are attached to the swimming legs.