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Modern Forms


"Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole... shrimp gumbo, panfried, deep fried, stir fried. Theres pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp... shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich... that's, that's about it."

Bubba, Forrest Gump, 1994.

 
 A photograph of one of the many mouth-watering decapodan dishes. Image appears at www.vikingrange.com

Fact: Most people like decapods today because they taste damn good! Penaeoid shrimps are the most important decapod species economically, but carideans, astacideans and brachyurans are all fished to greater or lesser extents. Other than in managed fisheries, decapods occupy a wide range of ecological niches, reflecting their great diversity. They are present at some of the greatest depths in the ocean and, as most children are aware, the can be found on land on beaches and in rock pools.