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                       Quick Facts

Item ID


Common Name

Harlequin Shrimp

Scientific Name

Hymenocera Picta


Algae & Deitrous


Indo-Pacific: Throughout  All the offshore islands



Care Level




Reef Compatibility

Yes -Feeds on Starfishes

Minimum Size

24 Gallons

Tank Conditions

72-78°F; sg 1.023-1025; pH 8.1-4; dKH 8-12. 1


The Harlequin Shrimp is perhaps the most stunning one of the entire clan. Due to its vivid colors this particular fellow has got a name in the aquaria industry & It is well known by its unique ability to eat Starfishes. It is distributed in the Indo-Pacific and it occurs widely from the Red Sea and East Africa eastward via Indonesia, northern and north-eastern Australia to Hawaii. Its maximal length is about 5 cm. A female can produce anywhere from 200 to 5,000 eggs per month, whereby the egg numbers are clearly dependent upon the food supply. The female atta­ches the red (0.8 x 0.6 mm) eggs to its pleopods. The lar­vae hatch a few days prior to the next moult of the female, and then go through a larval stage for five to seven weeks. Newly hatched larvae are about 1.4 mm long, 0.64 mm wide and 0.43 mm high. For the first few days they do not need any food; however, after the first moult, when the stal­ked eyes are developing, they require planktonic food, such as rotifers, Artemia nauplii and copepods. When live copepods are fed, the survival rates of the larvae increase substantially. After five to seven weeks the larvae are about 3 mm long and 2 mm wide. This is the final larval stage.


Shrimps belong to the group of crustaceans known as Caridea. In all carideans the body comprises a thorax covered by a carapace and a muscular abdomen. Two of the five pairs of legs end in claws. Caridean shrimps are most frequently seen wandering on the surface of rocks in rock pools but others burrow in sediments; hide between the fronds of algae, or swim in the midwater of the oceans. Most are marine but some live in rivers and lakes. Many shrimps are brightly colored; others take on the colors of their habitat, but is certain that most shrimps are scavengers & others are active predators.


Approximate Purchase Size:  3/4' to 1.5'' +

Available Options:
1 Size $32.98

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