Reproductive biology

Male mysids do not actively search for females during reproduction. After shedding a previous brood, the female soon molts and is ready to breed again. At that time she produces a pheromone, or chemical substance that stimulates the an-tennules or the antennular processus masculinus of nearby males. Mating is very quick and takes place at night. The male lies under the female either head-to-tail and belly-to-belly, or doubles up and grasps the anterior part of the female's abdomen with his antennae. The sperm are either injected into the female's brood pouch or shed between the mating individuals and swept by currents produced by the thoracic appendages into the marsupium. The copulating pair soon separate, and within half an hour the female's eggs are extruded into her brood chamber and fertilized there.

The incubation period and frequency of mating depends on the species and the water temperature, and can range from a few weeks to several months. The young are shed as juveniles with complete sets of appendages. Released mysids need about a month to reach their adult stage at a water temperature of about 68°F (20°C).

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