Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus)

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Coral Banded Shrimp

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Coral Banded Shrimp

Stenopus hispidus

95 Litres (25 US G.)

7.6-10.2cm (3-4 ")


8.2 - 8.4

23 -28 °C (73.4-82.4°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years

Alternative names

Coral Banded Shrimp, Red Banded Shrimp, Banded Coral Shrimp, Banded Prawn, Banded Boxer Shrimp, Barber-Pole Shrimp


Males are smaller and more slender than females.

Tank compatibility

Will nibble on corals and not safe with other invertebrates such as small hermit crabs and other shrimp. Do not keep with aggressive fish that may eat shrimp.


A scavenger by nature, prefers meaty foods. Will remove dead tissue, algae and parasites from larger fish. Will even pick at hands that are trying to clean the tank!

Feeding regime

As this shrimp is a scavenger, it will need to have various foods on offer at all times or else it may starve. It is also nocturnal and will only really feed at night.

Environment Specifics

Nocturnal, so needs a cave to hide in during the day.


This is a cleaner shrimp so will approach large fish to pick off dead tissue and parasites.


A slender shrimp with very long legs, pincers and antennae. The shrimp is banded down its body and legs with white and red/brown, which makes it a striking addition to any saltwater tank.


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