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Bumble Bee Shrimp - Gnathophyllum americanum

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Bumble Bee Shrimp - Gnathophyllum americanum
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Bumble Bee Shrimp - Gnathophyllum americanum

Quick Stats

Care LevelDifficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Orange, Tan, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1"
Origin Indo-Pacific
Family Gnathophyllidae
Supplements Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements


The Bumble Bee Shrimp, also known as the Striped Harlequin Shrimp, is common throughout the Indo-Pacific. They are small shrimp only attaining a maximum size of 1 inch. Their body is yellow or white in coloration with black stripes giving them a similar appearance to a bumblebee. The legs and tail may also have orange markings. These shrimp are similar to Harlequin shrimp and feed upon the tube feet of echinoderms. 

The Bumble Bee Shrimp is best kept as pairs . They cannot tolerate copper or high nitrates, The Bumble Bee Shrimp will feed upon the tube feet of echinoderms, but do not require them for survival. Offer them pieces of frozen meaty foods such as brine or mysis shrimp, cockle, or small pieces of fish. They should be offered these foods daily. 

Due to the Bumble Bee Shrimps small size, care should be taken when introducing them into the aquarium as there is a potential that other organisms may consume them.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/4" to 3/4" 

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