Known as scavengers and cleaners, peppermint shrimp feed on debris and parasites from larger animals. The coloration of this species helps to give it its name, with pale to translucent legs and a body that is lined all over with bright red or flame orange stripes.
  • Size

    1.75 inches (4.4 cm)
  • Diet

    Scavenger and cleaner, feeding on debris and parasites from larger animals
  • Range

    Florida coastal waters, Bahamas, and the Carribbean
  • Habitat

    Coral reefs, sometimes inside tube sponges

Physical Characteristics

  • Peppermint shrimp reaches lengths of 1.75 inches (4.4 cm).
  • Body and legs are pale to translucent, lined all over with bright red or flame orange stripes.
  • Possesses the long, thin antennae characteristic of almost all shrimp.

Animal Fact

Peppermint shrimp occur on coral reefs, and sometimes tube sponges, throughout Florida coastal waters, the Bahamas and the Caribbean

Diet / Feeding

  • Peppermint shrimp is a scavenger and cleaner, feeding on debris and parasites from larger animals.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs throughout Florida coastal waters, Bahamas, and the Carribbean.
  • Found on coral reefs, sometimes inside tube sponges, at depths of 3-90 feet (1-30 m).

Additional Information

  • Considered shy but easy-going, this species is a common choice for home salt water aquariums.
  • Larva will exist in a planktonic state for the first several molts.

Sources

  • Reef Creature Identification, Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. Humann, P. and DeLoach, N.

     

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