Smith's Mantis Shrimp - Gonodactylus smithii
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Item # 256911 / Manufacturer Part # 1104-mantis
Smith's Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylus smithii) is also known as the "Purple Meral Mantis" or "Purple-spotted Mantis" after its purple meral spot. They are normally dark green in color with lighter antennal scales, although shrimp collected from deeper water may be more reddish and some other smay have red edges on each body segment. These mantis shrimp are "smashers".
Mantis Shrimp have highly specialized care and requirements and can harm tankmates or the aquarist. For in-depth information on mantis shrimp care and research, please visit That Fish Blog for PART 1 and PART 2 of Frank Indiviglio's entry, Mantis Shrimp (Order:Stomatopoda) - Breaking Research and Care in Captivity.
Mantis Shrimp are not traditional "shrimp" but are actually members of their own group known as Stomatopods. They are some of the most notorious "hitchhikers" that occasionally show up in a tank after hiding in live rock or corals. They have very powerful claws that can crush shells, split flesh or even crack aquarium glass (an acrylic tank is recommended). Mantis shrimp need meaty foods and will prey on tankmates.
Mantis shrimp earn a bad reputation but they are fascinating creatures for a species-only aquarium. Individuals like this brightly colored specimen are attractive and make the perfect "pet" for an aquarist looking for a change from the norm!
|Common Name||Smith's Mantis Shrimp|
|Scientific Name||Gonodactylus smithii|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
|Max Size (in inches)||3.5|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||20|
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