Sexy Anemone Shrimp "Thor amboinensis"

Sexy Anemone Shrimp "Thor amboinensis"

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Also known as:: Carid Shrimps, Squat Shrimps, Squat Anemone Shrimp, Anemone Shrimp, Amboin Shrimp, Ambonian Shrimp, Bold-spotted Anemone Shrimp, White-saddled Shrimp, Commensal Shrimp, Commensal Anemone Shrimp, High-tailed shrimp, Dancing Shrimp, Sex Pistol Shrimp, Sexy Pistol Shrimp, Sexy Shrimp, Sexy Anemone Shrimp and Popcorn Shrimp.

The Sexy Anemone Shrimp is named for its unusual body movements. When walking, Thor amboinensis sways its abdomen back and forth with exotic flair. In addition to this fascinating behavior, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is also uniquely dressed in a reddish brown body dotted with brilliant white spots. These characteristics make the Sexy Anemone Shrimps an enchanting aquarium addition.

Native to the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, this member of the Hippolytidae family is usually found amongst the tentacles of an anemone. In the home aquarium, however, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is often found perched on a coral frag or outcropping of live rock. Most are equally fearless as they are beautiful and will scavenge in any area of the aquarium in search of meaty foods.

Interestingly, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is a relatively fast grower and will molt about once a month. However, most Sexy Anemone Shrimp will grow only to a maximum size of around 1-1/2". Although very hardy, it requires a slow acclimation process to avoid any salinity and/or pH shock. Like other invertebrates, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp cannot tolerate high nitrate or copper levels. To promote proper molting, sufficient iodine levels must be maintained.