Bumble Bee Shrimp (Gnathophyllum americanum)
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Crustacea
Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Size: 1 in. Space:: 6+ gal. Diet: Debris, small copepods, echinoderm tube feet
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: Bumble Bee Shrimp is found in lagoons, bays, and reefs. It is associated with echinoderms (starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers) and is reported to feed on their tube feet. It also likely feeds on debris and small copepods.
Husbandry: The Bumble Bee Shrimp will feed on the tube feet of sea urchins and starfish, so they should not be kept together.
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