peppermint shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni

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peppermint shrimp

peppermint shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni

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peppermint shrimp

Scientific name:
Lysmata wurdemanni
Year of description:
Gibbes, 1850
IUCN Status:
Not Evaluated

It lives in the Atlantic Ocean, from the Caribbean to Brazil.


As a benthic animal, it lives close to the seabed. It is found between depths of 0 and 37 metres in tropical environment


This small shrimp measures no more than 5 cm on average.


The peppermint shrimp is omnivorous and detritivorous.

peppermint shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni

This shrimp, bred in Nausicaá, has joined the reef aquariums where it plays an important role.


In fact, it feeds on invasive glass anemones of the genus Aipitasia that can damage corals and plays an important role in the balance of coral reefs.

The peppermint shrimp is omnivorous and detritivorous and belongs to the cleaner shrimp family.

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Where is the animal to be found?

This shrimp is a benthic animal, which means that it lives close to the seabed. It is found between depths of 0 and 37 metres in tropical environments.

How can it be recognised?

This small shrimp measures no more than 5 cm on average. The peppermint shrimp is a small tropical shrimp with longitudinal red stripes. This quiet and discreet shrimp lives in groups and is mostly active at night.

What is distinctive about it?

To grow, shrimp have to moult: their shell is replaced by a larger one. The peppermint shrimp reproduces at the time of moulting, before its new shell has had time to harden.

Besides growth and breeding, moulting allows the shrimp to replace a damaged limb and to get rid of organisms that might have become attached to its shell.

This shrimp is hermaphroditic, which means that it has both male and female organs. This shrimp is born male and then becomes female but still keeps functional male genitalia.

La crevette de Wurdemann Lysmata wurdemanni

Where can I find it at Nausicaá?

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