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Orange Spot Mantis Shrimp - Gonodactylaceus ternatensis

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Unlike the other mantis shrimp species with an orange meral spot, Gonodactylaceus ternatensis can be more easily identified by the dark blue-green body color and metallic red lines between each body segment. Males will also have blue antennal scales while on females, the antennal scales are yellow or orange.

This species often lives within the branches of coral colonies which may be broken while collecting the mantis so we do not actively get this species in stock; they may be infrequently available from "assorted" mantis shrimp arrivals.

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 occassionally 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!

This is a Restricted item and is not covered by our Arrive Alive 14-Day Guarantee. Please visit the Guarantee Policy and Restricted Species webpages for more information.


Common NameOrange Spot Mantis Shrimp
Scientific NameGonodactylaceus ternatensis
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