Tailspot Mantis Shrimp - Gonodactylus platysoma
The Tailspot Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylus platysoma) is named for the two small blue-ringed orange spots near the base of the telson. They also have another darker spot around the midsection of their body. The body color can vary, ranging from cream to dark brown to greenish and from a solid color to mottled. The meral spot is mottled. 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!
|Common Name||Tailspot Mantis Shrimp|
|Scientific Name||Gonodactylus platysoma|
|Difficulty||Easy to Moderate|
|Max Size (in inches)||4|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||20|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|