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A new Caribbean snapping shrimp

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 09, 2017 12:00 AM
Shrimp tanks are popular among freshwater aquarists, but marine aquarists largely view shrimps as afterthoughts. Why? It's not as if coral reefs aren't filled with colorful and interesting shrimps such as this newly described snapping shrimp.
A new Caribbean snapping shrimp

Alpheopsis paratrigona sp. nov

Alpheopsis paratrigona is a new Alpheid (snapping/pistol) shrimp discovered in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Florida.  It is unclear whether A. paratrigona shares any symbiosis with another reef organism like many other Alpheids do (e.g. pistol shrimps + shrimp gobies).  The new shrimp is described in ZooTaxa.

With a far greater biodiversity of colorful shrimps than freshwater, it's a little odd that marine shrimp tanks aren't a trend like it is in the freshwater scene.  Granted, Alpheid shrimps aren't the best choice since they spend most of their time burrowed.  But even reef mysis shrimps like these would make awesome inhabitants for reef shrimp tanks.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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