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Chiragra Mantis Shrimp - Gonodactylus chiragra - Male

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The male Chiragra Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylus chiragra) is usually olive green in color, sometimes with dark edges to each body segment. The main body segemnt ("carapace") behind the head typically has light golden-cream spleckes and the legs and gill segments may be yellow to pink tipped. The meral spot on the front legs is white. This species is a "smasher".

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!


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Common NameChiragra Mantis Shrimp - Male
Scientific NameGonodactylus chiragra
OriginIndo-west Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeNo
Max Size (in inches)4
Community SafeNo
pH Range8.0-8.4
Min Tank Size (in gallons)20
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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