Coral Banded Shrimp
About This Animal
SIZE: Up to 3 inches long
RANGE: Found in tropical water of all major oceans
HABITAT: Reef or sheltered areas with ledges and crevices for hiding
DIET: Marine worms, snails and small crabs
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This shrimp is a member of the “boxing shrimp” family, Stenopodidae. They hold their large pinchers erect, giving the appearance of a boxer ready to fight.
Young coral banded shrimp pair up and grow together. Paired adults can be found in the same territory for days, months or even years. Scientists have never observed this species move a distance greater than 1 ½ feet unless disturbed, and even then, the paired individuals attempt to stay together.