Originally native to the lakes and rivers of the southeastern United States, ghost shrimp are popular pets that are kept in freshwater aquariums throughout the world. In their native habitat, these shrimp are an important part of the ecosystem as they are prey for a wide range of birds, amphibians, and fish. The Bay Area is home to the endangered California freshwater shrimp (Syncaris pacifica). This tiny crustacean is only found in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties.
You’ll find our ghost shrimp on display in our Life in Water exhibit, downstairs in the Manzanita Room in our exhibit hall.