Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)


One of the most well-known and sought-after invertebrate species in the saltwater aquarium hobby, the Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is also known as the Clown Mantis Shrimp, the Harlequin Mantis Shrimp, the Rainbow Mantis Shrimp, or the Smashing Mantis Shrimp. This species is native to the tropical Indo-Pacific. Famous for their hunting strategy, mantis shrimp use their front claws to deliver a powerful blow to their prey. Growing up to 7 inches, they are also covered in elaborate multicolored patterns, adding to their allure. These are aggressive animals that will create and defend their burrows. Peacock Mantis Shrimp will be best kept alone, as they will hunt almost any other species in the tank.


Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Origin: Indo Pacific

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          8.2 – 8.4
Temp:                     74-78F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <20ppm
Salinity:                  35ppt