• Poccilopora Pistol Shrimp

Poccilopora Pistol Shrimp

Brand: Inverts


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Scientific Name: Alpheus lottini
Price structure: Per Shrimp
Care level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore
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This species is an obligate symbiont of coral, and lives in pairs in the branches of pocilloporid corals, where it feeds on mucus produced by the coral and on organic particles trapped within this mucus. Alpheus lottini actively defends its host coral from attacks of Acanthaster plancii, the corallivorous"crown-of-thorns" seastar, by snapping on the star's arms with its large claw and pinching its tube feet with the small claw. When entering host corals already occupied by trapeziid crabs, A. lottini uses a series of "appeasement" patterns, evidently borrowed from the crab's behavioral repetoire, before the crab allows the shrimp to co-occupy a coral colony