Richardson's Snapping Shrimp

Alpheus richardsoni Yaldwyn, 1971

This shrimp a member of the pistol shrimp (named after their claw) family has a dark green to brown body with small red spots and one claw larger than the other. They use this claw to make a loud clicking sound that stuns its prey. This clicking often startles people when they handle this shrimp.

This species commonly lives in pairs in an elaborate burrow that they dig to a depth of around 30cm.

How to identify Alpheus richardsoni?

What habitats does Alpheus richardsoni live in?

Reef and seaweed areas, to depth of 25 m

What is the distribution of Alpheus richardsoni?

Pacific Islands and Australia including Tasmania

How big does Alpheus richardsoni grow?

Can grow to up to around 60mm

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