Tiger Pistol Shrimp is one of the small marine shrimps which is notable for its symbiotic relationship with some goby species like watchman goby, orange spot goby, and Yasa Hashe goby. The scientific name of this species is Alpheus Bellulus. This creature belongs to the snapping shrimp family named Alpheidae under the order Decapoda. It is also popularly known as Symbiosis Shrimp and Snapping Shrimp. You can find them in coral reefs, submerged seagrass flats, and oyster reefs of the Indo-West Pacific area. It grows up to the size of 4 to 5 cm, excluding the antennas of Tiger Pistol Shrimp. The body of Pistol Shrimp is stout and opaque, and the background color is plain yellow or yellowish-white. It has an extra-large claw that is used for a snap at prey to stun them.
The patterns drawn on the abdomen, cephalothorax, and tail are irregular and symmetric with colors like light brown, brownish-purple to brownish orange. The legs and the body has the same color, covered with short bristles and the antennas are red in color. Like crabs, it has chelipeds, which works as an excellent weapon for this species.
Scientific name: Alpheus bellulus
Higher classification: Alpheus
Species: A. bellulus
Species of Tiger Pistol Shrimp
The Tiger Pistol Shrimp come from the genus Alpheus. This genus has nearly 238 species, but the Tiger Pistol Shrimp does not have any subspecies.
Cost of Tiger Pistol Shrimp
The cost of Tiger Pistol Shrimp may vary according to its size. The Srilankan Tiger Pistol Shrimp of .75″-1.5″ costs $19.95. Then the ¾” to 2½” sized breed costs about $25.99 and the 1-3 cm long animal costa round £ 18.35. People buy these breed to grow them as pets in their homes.
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Interesting Facts about Tiger Pistol Shrimp
- Apart from whales, the Tiger Pistol Shrimp also creates a loud clicking noise when it opens and closes its shield. If you listen silently, you can hear the sound outside the aquarium.
- Pistol Shrimp create bubbles and expel at an extreme speed of more than 100 kilometres per hour towards the prey. Then the sound of the bubble that busted out has been measured at about 210 decibels that is literally louder than a gunshot. The powerful sonic wave of this species creates a violent shock wave that will knock out or kill the prey.
- Tiger Pistol Shrimp is like goby fish, and it can dwell into the muddy, sandy and detrital substratum of shallow waters up to 20m.
- Tiger Pistol Shrimps are carnivorous, and it primarily preys on crustaceans and small fishes.
- It is one of the most famous pistol shrimp in the marine aquarium hobby. The affordability, peaceful in nature and less care makes it the best species in the aquarium world.
- The natural predators of this species are triggers, larger hawkfish, groupers, lionfish, and large wrasses.
- If the Tiger Pistol Shrimp loses its claws, they can regain it. Once it loses the snapping claw, the limbs will regenerate a smaller claw which grows as a new snapping claw.
- While these Pistol Shrimps are together in a colony, they can communicate easily underwater through its sonar waves.
- The Pistol Shrimps with a bigger claw can survive up to 4 years in the wild. While growing it as a pet, the life span of this species is reduced to 2-3 years.
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