common banded mantis shrimp

Scientific name Lysiosquillina maculata
Descriptor Fabricius
Year of description 1793
IUCN category NE
Family Lysiosquillidae
Genus Lysiosquillina
Lysiosquillina maculata Lysiosquillina maculata

Introduction

Lysiosquillina maculata, commonly known as common banded mantis shrimp, is a salt water crustacea.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    38.5 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    38.5 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the common banded mantis shrimp ?

The common banded mantis shrimp measures between 30 and 38.5 cm. this crustacea is bicolore with a predominantly noir and blanc body. The also has noir and blanc vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    No
  • Venomous
    No
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

Like all crustaceans, The common banded mantis shrimp molts whenever it becomes cramped in its shell. Before the hardening of its new body, it is more vulnerable and spends a good part of its time hidden. This mechanism, very complex, allows the periodic renewal of the exoskeleton and part of the internal skeleton. It is also during the moult that the females become fertile.

The common banded mantis shrimp is a crustacea solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous . this crustacea lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Although the common banded mantis shrimp is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare

The common banded mantis shrimp is a crustacea ovipare. this crustacea protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    6 - 145 m

Biotope presentation

The common banded mantis shrimp is most often found at a depth between 6m and 145m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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