Pistol Shrimp by Sarah Turcotte
… The pistol shrimp may only be 2cm long but can make a noise louder than Concorde's sonic boom Genus: Alpheus Species: Tiger shrimp
Habitat A pistol shrimp’s best friend Coral reefs and sea grass beds; coral rubble, large stones, conch shells etc., associated with the sea Pistol Shrimp is nocturnal in habit and is therefore, active at night.
Pistol Shrimp Diet … one claw that serves as a typical pincher and one enlarged claw that they use to generate an underwater shockwave to stun smaller shrimps.
Movement You may not of known… but shrimps in order to move pull their abdomen in toward their body very quickly. This motion propels them through the water but because of their configuration it means it is easier for them to be moving backwards.
Reproduction … in her third year, she can often lay more than 25,000 eggs Moulting : known as sloughing, shedding, or for some species, ecdysis, is the manner in which an animal routinely casts off a part of its body Cicada molting
Predators Because the eyesight of a pistol shrimp is not very strong, the goby acts as a body guard working for food and a place to stay.
Did you know ?? Pistol shrimp can create enough heat from this claw that it is actually comparable to the sun’s temperature General Characteristics of the Pistol Shrimp When the pistol shrimp snaps this claw shut it will generate a cavitations bubble which is basically a shockwave. This bubble will momentarily reach temperatures of 4700 degrees Celsius!!!! Don’t worry, if you happen to be in the area of the pistol shrimp, it will only feel like getting hit with an elastic band.