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Species: Alachosquilla vicina

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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: Red Sea to northeastern Australia and the Philippines

Habitat: Open, soft, sandy substrates

Depth: Low intertidal to 2 m

Home: Deep U-shaped burrows

Diet: Macro zoo-plankton, small crustaceans

Size: 10-32 mm

Color: Cream colored body with pronounced transverse bars on carapace, thorax and abdomen

Distinguishing Characters: Small sub-globular eyes, raptorial appendage dactyl with 9-11 teeth, dorsal telson smooth with two tiers of posterior spines

Activity: Almost never leaves burrow, hunts day and night from burrow entrance, adults live in monogamous pairs

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Unknown but small size would make it vulnerable to predation

Aquarium size (adult): 5 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand bed at least 20 cm deep; will live in "ant farm"

Suitability for Aquarium: Fair, rarely leaves burrow, non-interactive

Availability: Rare

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