Sexy Shrimp

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Description of the Sexy Shrimp

The Sexy Shrimp is also commonly known as the High Tailed Shrimp,  Anemone Shrimp and Squat Shrimp. It is also referred to as the Dancing Shrimp due to the way it moves its body. They move by walking slowly across the sea floor but when fleeing from a predator, they swim backwards quickly by curling and uncurling their abdomen. This is known as the caridoid escape reaction.

Popular Name: Sexy Shrimp
Species: Thor amboinensis

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Sexy Shrimp

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Profile of the Sexy Shrimp
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Sexy Shrimp species.

  • Size: Up to 3cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1-8.3

  • Diet / Feeding: Bloodworms, Mysis Shrimp, Pellets

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Reef Dweller, lives on Coral and Sea Anemones

  • Behaviour: Good addition to a community tank

  • Range: Atlantic and Indo-Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Sexy Shrimp
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Thor amboinensis

  • Popular Name: Sexy Shrimp - Dancing Shrimp - High Tailed Shrimp - Anemone Shrimp - Squat Shrimp

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Hippolytidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Sexy Shrimp?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! Female Sexy Shrimps tend to be larger than males.


Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Sexy Shrimp have gills?
Gills enable the Sexy Shrimp to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Sexy Shrimp called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). True crabs are Decapod Crustaceans. Some species such as Hermit crabs, Porcelain crabs King crabs and Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs!  Decapod Crustaceans have five pairs of legs, the first three are used for feeding. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

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Sexy Shrimp

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Thor amboinensis

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