2019 AMI Online Salon

Life Cycle of the Shield Shrimp

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Jamie Peterson

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Baltimore,MD

  • Client: Brent Whitaker, Tim Phelps

  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC

  • Final presentation format: Print

  • Primary Audience: Sophisticated Lay Audience

Project Description

A remnant of prehistoric times, shield shrimp Triops longicaudatus are desert crustaceans with unique adaptations. The eggs, or cysts, of these unique shrimp can lay dormant for up to 20 years. In addition, shield shrimp have developed a rapid life cycle to ensure they reach adulthood in 24 hours as an adaptation to ephemeral habitats.

Aquarists at the National Aquarium requested an accurate and concise visual to highlight the life cycle of the species. No such reference could be found in the existing literature.

Using a digital microscope, the various stages were tracked hourly over several days. The stages were identified through comparison with other shield shrimp species and in consultation with experts.

This poster displays the stages of Triops longicaudatus. The dried and cracked mud representing the desert habitat fades into a blue pool where shield shrimp hatch, grow, and reach maturity before it evaporates.