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Species: Chorisquilla excavata

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C. excavata 1
Click on the image to see an enlargement. Photo © 2014 Roy Caldwell.
 

Common name: None

Functional type: Smasher

Range: Andaman Islands to French Polynesia

Habitat: Rocks and rubble

Depth: 10-50 m

Home: Cavities in rock and rubble

Diet: Small crustaceans and gastropods

Size: 8-25 mm

Color: Red body with light bands across the carapace and raptorial merus as well as the thoracic and abdominal somites, meral spots neutral, medial pair of white spots on carapace, medial white spot on 8th thoracic tergite, dorsal white spots at base of uropod

Distinguishing Characters: Cornea flattened, rostral plate sharply trispinous, bosses of telson with smooth regular margins

Activity: Diurnal, darts out of cavity to seize small prey — typically crustaceans

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–27° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Unknown

Aquarium size (adult): 5 l

Aquarium substrate: Cavities in coral rubble

Suitability for Aquarium: Reclusive, remaining in cavity at entrance, but hardy

Availability: This is an abundant stomatopod at depth, but probably due to its small size, it is rarely exported. May arrive as a hitchhiker in live rock.

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