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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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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