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Species: Squilla rugosa

S. rugosa 1
S. rugosa 2
S. rugosa 3
S. rugosa 4
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Common name: None

Functional type: Spearer

Range: Southeast Florida, Gulf of Campeche to Surinam

Habitat: Open, soft, sandy and shelly substrates

Depth: literal to 70 m

Home: Simple u-shaped burrows

Diet: Unknown; probably small crustaceans, annelids and thin shelled clams

Size: 15–125 mm

Color: Light cream and brown body with dark median patches of color on the 2cd and 5th abdominal tergites; yellow carinae on carapace, thorax and abdomen; dark uropods exopods and endopods; yellow antennal scale with dark distal tip

Distinguishing Characters: Antennal scale with black line on the anterodistal tip; fifth abdominal somites with posterolateral black patches

Activity: Unknown

Aquarium Requirements:

Temperature: 22–28° C

Salinity: 32–36 PSU

Cohabitants: Unknown

Aquarium size (adult): 40 l

Aquarium substrate: Cohesive sand in which to dig or pvc pipe for burrow

Suitability for Aquarium: Good; seems tolerant of varying water parameters

Availability: A common coastal species, but rare in the trade

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