Harlequin Shrimp

Brand: Inverts


Availability : 2 In-Stock


Scientific Name: Hymenocera Elegans
Price structure: Per Shrimp
Care level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore
Color Structure: Blue/White/Tan

Harlequin shrimp are a beautiful specimen to add to a reef tank. They have ornate white bodies with light blue spots. The Harlequin shrimp is a carnivorous specialized feeder, feeding primarily only on starfish. They have very large claws that are for show only and do not use them for hunting. Harlequin Shrimp is best kept as mated pairs, the female is always larger than their male counterpart. Harlequin shrimp prefer whole starfish to eat, they will flip the starfish over so they can drag them into a cave in order to feed on it. They can be fed a single leg, and depending on the size of the shrimp they can eat a leg per day.

Harlequin Shrimp can be added to a reef tank where there is a large Asterina Starfish pest problem, and will help eliminate the numbers of this pest starfish in the tank. Once the numbers of the Asterina Starfish have gone down, it is wise to start feeding them legs of a starfish or a whole reef safe starfish.