Peacock Mantis Shrimp - Odontodactylus scyllarus - Medium
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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".
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 Name||Peacock Mantis Shrimp - Medium|
|Scientific Name||Odontodactylus scyllarus|
|Max Size (in inches)||7|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||30|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
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Ratings & Reviews
I live by myself and this here Peacock Mantis Shrimp kept me company into the long nights. I have limited amounts of friends but this mantis shrimp is my love and my life. I'm so happy I get to see him everyday. I recommend this as not only a pet, but also a friend. 5 stars all the way.
by Jeff 21
This sucks dont buy it. My mantis shrimp burst out of glass room and punched me. Now I am in a wheelchair as I cannot walk. I tried eating it but it tasted disgusting and it died when i stepped on it!!!!!! BOOOOO BOOO BOO
Perfect Specimen, success where others failed miserably
I've been researching and keeping these animals for many years, O. scyllarus particular was always a pain for me to get ahold of, primarily because all the other online distributors gave mis-identifactions or specimens they were extremely lethargic and didn't last 24.(infact, 5 failed attempts in a row!)
Thatpetplace however exceeded my expectations! Its obvious they understand stomatopod identification well with their selection, a rare trait, and when I recieved the specimen, it wasn't lethargic at all, it was very healthy and I give that honor to whoever bagged it, they did a perfect job with supplying a PVC tube for the shipment, minimizing stress making it seem like home while in the bag. Even when I did get specimens, they took 2 weeks before they accepted food.. this guy ate within 30 minutes, and now he's chowing down on an oyster.
Very professional, very healthy specimen, would recommend skipping availability elsewhere just to get one from here for the best results.
Honestly....nothing to complain about or bad to say 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾