Peacock Mantis Shrimp - Odontodactylus scyllarus - Large
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is one of the most popular, most colorful and largest Mantis Shrimps available to aquarists. Like the colorful tails of their namesake, their coloration is mostly blue, green and purple. The body is primarily greenish and the appendages may be tipped in bright red or orange. They are identified by the large dark spots on the bottom of their carapace (the region just behind the eyes). This mantis is a strong "smasher".
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!
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|Common Name||Peacock Mantis Shrimp - Large|
|Scientific Name||Odontodactylus scyllarus|
|Max Size (in inches)||7|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||30|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
|Armed Forces Americas|
|Armed Forces Europe|
|Armed Forces Pacific|
Ratings & Reviews
Didn't make it
by Ted the fish guy
I purchased this mantis shrimp and it died after 3 days. It was acclimated correctly and still did not survive. Since its not covered I am out a mantis and some $$$
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