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Species: Alima pacifica

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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: Northeastern Australia and Indonesia, but may occur over much of the Indo-Pacific

Habitat: Soft, sandy substrates, reef flats

Depth: 0-5 m

Home: Simple vertical burrow (at least by juveniles)

Diet: Unknown, but probably small crustaceans and other macro-plankton

Size: Up to at least 4 cm

Color: Milky transparent with white spots and lines

Distinguishing Characters: 6 teeth on raptorial dactyl, 2 lobes between the terminal spines of the uropodal protopod, margins and carinae of the primary teeth of the telson inflated in mature males.

Activity: Unknown, but adults have been seen out in the open during the night

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 32–37 PSU

Cohabitants: Unknown

Aquarium size (adult): 20 l

Aquarium substrate: Silty sand bed; adults don't burrow well in loose sand.

Suitability for Aquarium: Fair. Adults don't live long in captivity

Availability: Very rare, but large last stadia larvae are easily collected at night lights and molt to postlarvae that can be reared.

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