Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus)
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Crustacea
Range: Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans
Size: 4 in. Space:: 10+ gal. Diet: Fish parasites, small snails, worms, detritus
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Natural History: The Banded Coral Shrimp is actually not a true shrimp. It is found at cleaning stations and in caves on reefs where it performs cleaning duties on fish. This species is observed in pairs.
Husbandry: The Banded Coral Shrimp is more aggressive than other shrimps and may attack other crustaceans. It will eat snails and bristle worms in the aquarium. It is likely best to house this shrimp as solitary individuals or as a mated pair. It will actively clean fishes.
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