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Care Level: Easy
Color: Red
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 2"
Minimum Tank Size: 20 Gallons
Origin: Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, Western Atlantic
Reef Safe: Yes
Scientific Name: Lysmata wurdemanni
Temperament: Peaceful


Lysmata wurdemanni, commonly known as the Peppermint Shrimp, is a species of shrimp. It reaches 2.8 in in length, and is named for the bright red stripes on its otherwise translucent body, which are reminiscent of peppermint candies such as a candy cane. Its eggs, by contrast, are bright green.

Lysmata wurdemanni was originally described from specimens collected at Key West, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina. Its range extends along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States from Long Island to Florida, and along the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Port Aransas, Texas.

Its diet consists of uneaten foods, decomposing organic matter, as well as detritus. They are commonly known to eat Aiptasia anemones.

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