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Species: Lysiosquillina glabriuscula

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Common name: Caribbean Striped Mantis Shrimp

Functional type: Spearer

Range: Caribbean, South Carolina to Panama and Brazil

Habitat: Sand and sandy reef flats

Depth: Low intertidal to at least 40 m

Home: Large, u-shaped burrow

Diet: Fish, shrimp, occasionally crabs

Size: 15–22 cm

Color: Striped, pale cream and tan to tan and brown

Distinguishing Characters: Raptorial dactyl with 6–7 teeth; antennal scale with dark pigment and yellow spot in center, yellow patches on carapace

Activity: Hunts day and night

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 33–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Will eat fish

Aquarium size (adult): 80 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand bed as deep as animal is long

Suitability for Aquarium: Specialized, hardy

Availability: Rare; occasionally trawled

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