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Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylaceus ternatensis)


Here are a couple pictures and a video of our Mantis Shrimp ( Gonodactylaceus ternatensis). We’ve had him for a little over a year now and he lives in our 90 gallon refugium.  He has molted twice within the past three months and has gotten quite a bit bigger! Right now he’s probably 5 inches long but noticeably more girthy than before. He “shucks” his shell into the tank and hides for about a week until his new coat of armor has hardened. This morning I found one of his “smashers” sitting outside of his conch shell. The right side of the smasher (below) it the hammer part he uses to open up crustaceans and break things.

He’s a video of when we first got the mantis shrimp:

About six months ago we put an octopus in our refugium which caused the mantis to reevaluate his current living arrangements which gave me the chance to take the picture below. The octopus soon laid eggs and perished. Since our refuge runs on a reverse light cycle, I don’t get to see the mantis shrimp as often as I would like but he has a damsel in the tank to keep him company.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

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Posted on January 25, 2012, in G. Ternatensis Mantis Shrimp, Saltwater Aquarium Reef Tank, Videos and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylaceus ternatensis).

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