Lysmata vittata

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Common Name
Peppermint Shrimp
Binomial Name
Lysmata vittata
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Hippolytidae
Genus: Lysmata
Species: vittata


Common Names

  • Peppermint Shrimp



Characteristics

Description

Mostly transparent body and limbs with red lines running the length of the carapace.

Similar Species

Maximum Size

Approximately 5cm (2 inches aprox.) maximum length.

Associated Organisms

N/A

Behaviour

Largely reclusive. Highly sensitive antennae ensure that once the shrimp learns the smell of the food being fed to the tank, it will slowly become more bold during times of feeding. Very timid around fish but happy to jostle for food with other invertebrates.



Captive Care

Tank Size

Minimum tank size 30L per pair.

Water Flow

N/A

Lighting

N/A

Feeding

Scavenger, will hunt for food scraps around the tank at night and will learn to scramble for food in a captive environment. Will eat small Aiptasia anemones, however not proven to eat larger specimens.

Growth Rate

Under goes regular (2 weekly) moulting to allow growth. This also matches with their mating cycle.

Diseases

N/A

Other

Like most invertebrates, L. vittata are intolerant of copper. Iodine is not required for maintaining their exoskeleton after a moult, that is a myth. Require plenty of hiding places.

Can be purchased from Oceanarium in W.A.


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Compatibility

Fish

Will happily live with most fish, however care should be taken to not house them with shrimp eating fish such as hawkfish, puffers and Wrasses.

Coral

Occasionally referred to as being incompatible with coral however these claims are presently unsubstantiated.

Invertebrate

Happy to live with other non-aggressive invertebrates.



Reproduction

Reputed to breed in the home aquarium.



Local Ecology

Distribution

Pacific Ocean, east coast of Australia [1]

Habitat

Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.



Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.



Resources



References

  1. Template:Baensch 1994