Camel Shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis)

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Camel Shrimp

Camel Shrimp

Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

95 Litres (25 US G.)

3-4 cm (1.2-1.6")


8.2 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years

This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit]

Camel Shrimp, Camelback Shrimp, Hinge-beak Shrimp, Candy Shrimp


The males of this species tend to have larger claws than the females.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Not entirely reef-safe, do not keep with zooanthids or other soft corals. Can be a target for aggressive fish or other invertebrates. Prefers to be kept in groups.


Omnivore and scavenger, will pick at soft corals. Will accept brine shrimp, frozen or freeze-dried plankton, and flaked food.

Feeding regime[edit]

Once a day.

Environment Specifics[edit]

Prefers to have places to hide. Sensitive to water conditions and copper.


Peaceful towards fish and other invertebrates.


Can be mistaken for the Rhynchocinetes uritai or Lysmata wurdemanni. The differences between the two are subtle. The R. durbanensis has bold white lines, a long and toothed rostrum, with 9-10 spines on the upper dorsal end and 16-18 spines on the lower part.


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