The peacock mantis shrimp ( Odontodactylus scyllarus ), also called harlequin mantis shrimp, painted mantis shrimp, clown mantis shrimp, or rainbow mantis shrimp, is one of the most popular, colorful & largest mantis shrimps available to hobbyists. Their coloration is mostly tan, blue, green & purple. Their body is usually greenish and the appendages may be tipped in bright red or orange colors.
Native to the epipelagic seabed throughout the Indo-Pacific, starting from Guam to East Africa. The Peacock Mantis Shrimp should be housed in its own tank with a sandy bottom with plenty of rubble and at least one piece of live rock should be provided so the shrimp can create a cave.
They are fascinating and beautiful creatures ideal for a species-only aquarium. Most species can grow to around 10 cm (3.9 in) in length, but a few species reach up to 38 cm (15 in).
Peacock mantis shrimp are not traditional shrimp but are members of their own group called Stomatopods. Mantis has very powerful claws that can crush shells, split flesh or even crack aquarium glass (an acrylic tank is recommended) and should be housed by itself as it may occasionally kill and eat members of your clean-up crew.
We generally have a temporary wait from week to week on all Mantis species as we only get a limited number to offer the US each week. If you order now, your order will ship in the order we receive it. There might be a week or 2 wait, or there may not be one, every week is different.
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