Also known as Veined Shrimp and the Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp, the peppermint shrimp is a staple in the marine aquarium industry. They are proficient eliminators of pesky Aiptasia making them highly useful and desirable. Featuring a sleek light pink body with small red stripes, the Peppermint Shrimp are completely reef safe and reclusive in nature. Found mostly in the Atlantic Ocean, the Peppermint Shrimp has extended eyes and a pair on antennae that it uses to avoid predation. These shrimp will often completely shed their exoskeleton, called molting – this is not unusual behavior.
- Scientific Name: Lysmata wurdemanni
- Origin: West Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico
- Max Size: 2 inches
- Diet: Carnivore, Scavenger
- Shipping Size: 0.75 to 1 inch