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Species: Chorisquilla hystrix

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Common name: None

Functional type: Smasher

Range: Tropical Australia eastern Indonesia and New Caledonia

Habitat: Rock, coralline alage and coral rubble

Depth: 5–65 m

Home: Cavities in hard substrates

Diet: Picks small crustaceans from water column and from near the burrow

Size: 10–28 mm

Color: Clear yellow orange; red intersegmental lines; yellowish patches on the raptorial merus; telson red with telson spines pinkish at the base

Distinguishing Characters: Large, pink bilobed eyes; orange and white striped antennules; long, curved spines on the telson

Activity: Unknown, but they are seen looking out of their cavities during the day

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 33–35 PSU

Cohabitants: Unknown

Aquarium size (adult): 10 l

Aquarium substrate: Sand or gravel substrate with live rock or coral rubble containing cavities; small pvc pipe can be used for a cavity

Suitability for Aquarium: Good, but rarely comes out of its cavity

Availability: Rare; occasionally can be found in shipments of live rock from Bali and Australia

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