Opaepele shrimp were the only fauna (other than a single zoarcid fish) observed in May 2009 on West Mata, as shown in abundance here at Shrimp City.   Temporal changes in vent community structure revealed a massive increase in the number of shrimp, as seen during this cruise near Shrimp City.

Opaepele shrimp were the only fauna (other than a single zoarcid fish) observed in May 2009 on West Mata, as shown in abundance here at Shrimp City. Temporal changes in vent community structure revealed a massive increase in the number of shrimp, as seen during this cruise near Shrimp City. Image courtesy of MARUM, University of Bremen and NOAA-Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.

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