Similar to blue crabs, this next animal swims through the tidal creek, lays millions of eggs at a time, and can be found at the edge of the marsh. However, unlike a blue crab, this animal has a backbone and other internal bones. Can you guess what it is?
This next animal is a prey item for striped mullet. It is an arthropod, meaning it has jointed appendages and a hard exoskeleton. They make burrows the salt marsh mud to escape the flooding salt water and from predators. What are they?
There are many animals not included in this simple food web that live in the salt marsh or use the salt marsh for a feeding ground or nursery. Although food webs can illustrate more complexity than a linear food chain, they do not capture the entire predator and prey dynamic found in an environment. We hope this activity helped you test your knowledge about salt marsh animals and taught you something new.
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