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Ciliata Mantis Shrimp - Pseudosquilla ciliata

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The Ciliata Mantis Shrimp (Pseudosquilla ciliata) is also known as the Common Mantis Shrimp, Rainbow Mantis Shrimp, False Mantis Shrimp and the Yellow Mantis Shrimp (for one of its common colorations). These mantis can change colors each time they molt to blend in with their surroundings and can be yellow, green, brown, black, mottled and combinations thereof. Their most distinctive trait are the eyes, which have a checkerboard pattern. These mantis are "spearers".

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 NameCiliata Mantis Shrimp
Scientific NamePseudosquilla ciliata
pH Range8.0-8.4
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
Temperature Range75-78
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeNo
Community SafeNo
Max Size (in inches)4
Min Tank Size (in gallons)10
OriginIndo-Pacific, Caribbean
Internal Id

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

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