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5. Freshwater Shrimp / `opae

Scientific name: Atyoida bisulcata

Classification: Phylum: Athropoda. Class: Crustacea. Order Decapoda

Origin: Native

Status: Reduced populations

Distribution: All main islands

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This native shrimp was once a major food source of the Hawaiians when it was abundant in streams throughout the islands. Alien speices have reduced its populations, but it still survives in many places. Because of its ability to scurry up wet cliffs, it can scale the tallest waterfalls and is found in the highest streams in Hawai`i.

   Photo Ronald Englund and David Preston