Flame-backed Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus pyrsonotus)
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Crustacea
Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Size: 3 in. Space:: 50+ gal. Diet: Detritus, dead organisms, snails, other shrimp
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Natural History: The Flame-backed Banded Coral Shrimp is found in relatively deep water of rocky and coral-rich reef areas. It is reported to serve as a cleaner in deep reef areas. Pincers on the third set of legs earn these shrimp the nickname 'boxing shrimp'.
Husbandry: The Flame-backed Banded Coral Shrimp can be aggressive toward other shrimp. It should be housed in an aquarium with enough space to provide room for its long tentacles. Iodine is reported by some to be required for molting.
AKA: Ghost Shrimp
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