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Zebra Mantis Shrimp - Lysiosquillina maculata - Large

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The Zebra Mantis Shrimp (Lysiosquillina maculata) is a very unique mantis. It has alternating cream and dark brown stripes and the eyes and antennal scales are speckled with white. Unlike most mantis shrimps available to aquarists, this is a "spearer". This species is also the largest of all stomatopods, growing up to 15 inches in length. They need a sand bed to burrow in; the sand bed should be at least 1.5 times the length of the mantis.

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 occasionally 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 NameZebra Mantis Shrimp - Large
Scientific NameLysiosquillina maculata
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeNo
Community SafeNo
Max Size (in inches)15
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-78
Internal Id

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