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Species: Coronis scolopendra

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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: North Carolina to Brazil

Habitat: Sand bars and sand flats

Depth: Low intertidal to at least 5 m

Home: Burrows

Diet: Shrimp, small crabs, small fish

Size: 1-7 cm

Color: One of the few sexually color dimorphic stomatopods, males are light grayish tan while females are dark brown or olive with a tortoise shell appearance

Distinguishing Characters: Rostral plate cordiform. Body loosely articulated; raptorial dactyl with 15-17 teeth.

Activity: Appears to hunt from burrow entrance day and night.

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 21–28° C

Salinity: 30–36 PSU

Cohabitants: May eat small fish and other soft bodied prey

Aquarium size (adult): 20 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand and shelly gravel

Suitability for Aquarium: Hardy, but reclusive

Availability: Common on sand flats off the southeastern coast of the U.S. Easily collected at low tide using commercial yabby pumps. Can be special ordered from some marine collectors in Florida.

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