The Cave Shrimp, also known as the Ghost Boxing Shrimp, has a white body and legs, with a red stripe covering the back of the body. Members of the Stenopodidae are called "Boxing Shrimp" because of the large pinchers on their third set of legs. They often hold these pinchers erect, giving the appearance of a boxer ready to fight. These shrimp are collected from very deep water, where they inhabit overhangs and caves. In the wild, they serve as a cleaning service for fish as they will climb upon the fish and remove parasites from their body.
Breeding the Cave Shrimp is usually not successful. Larvae are generally destroyed by filtration and skimming.
In the wild, the Cave Shrimp feeds on parasites, dead tissue removed from fish, and other tiny organisms. In the home aquarium, it will accept most flaked and frozen foods, plankton, and meaty items.
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