Roy's List of Stomatopods for the Aquarium
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Species: Tetrasquilla mccullochae

T. mccullochae 1
T. mccullochae 2
T. mccullochae 3
T. mccullochae 4
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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: Pan-tropical (the only stomatopod known to occur circum-tropically)

Habitat: Soft, sandy substrates

Depth: 0–50 m

Home: Vertical burrow (at least by juveniles)

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

Size: Up to 7 cm

Color: Cream with dark spots

Distinguishing Characters: Four spines on raptorial dactyl, unique pattern of paired black spots on dorsal abdomen

Activity: Unknown

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 21–28° C

Salinity: 32–37 PSU

Cohabitants: Would kill small fish and shrimp

Aquarium size (adult): 40 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand bed twice the length of the animal

Suitability for Aquarium: Hardy if provided sand in which to construct a burrow

Availability: Very rare

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