Bullseye Snapping Shrimp

Latin name: (Alpheus soror)

Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Peaceful

Color(s)

Blue, Orange, Purple, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Preferred Conditions

Easy

Avg. Max Size

2"

Minimum Tank Size

Family

Alpheidae

The Bullseye Snapping Shrimp is an essential addition to any reef aquarium. Not only does the bright yellow/orange coloration with purple claws and a blue Bullseye dot on each side of the body add vibrancy to the environment, but their constant movement of gravel makes them ideal sand stirrers. In addition, they also scavenge any uneaten food, providing further benefits to the aquarium. Furthermore, they are also known as the Blue Spot Snapping Shrimp. This makes them a highly versatile species that is sure to bring life and energy to any reef aquarium.

The Snapping Shrimp, also known as the Pistol Shrimp, produces a distinct sound that can be heard in the surrounding environment. This sound is created through a specialized appendage on the pincher that vibrates when the pincher is opened and closed. As a result, water is ejected and an audible sound is produced. Although it is easy to mistake the Snapping Shrimp for a Mantis Shrimp based on sound alone, it should be noted that the Snapping Shrimp is not harmful and should not pose any threat to the other inhabitants of the tank, with the possible exception of very small shrimp. Therefore, it can be concluded that the Snapping Shrimp is a beneficial addition to any home aquarium. Moreover, it adds a unique and interesting soundscape to the environment that is sure to intrigue and delight fish enthusiasts.

Unlike some other Snapping Shrimp, the Bullseye Snapping Shrimp does not normally form a symbiotic relationship with gobies, but rather is a free-living reef species.

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