Lysmata amboinensis LYSAMB-091194-BRIKAR-003

This entry was posted on Sunday, September 11th, 1994 and is filed under Shrimps, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: LYSAMB-091194-BRIKAR-003

Date received: 9/11/94

Identification: Lysmata amboinensis (De Man, 1888)

Geographic origin: Indo-pacific 


Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N.)

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Arthropoda

Subphylum Branchiata (=Diantennata)

Class Crustacea Subclass Malacostraca

Order Decapoda Suborder Natantia

Family Hippolytidae

Genus Lysmata (Risso, 1816)

Species amboinensis (De Man, 1888)


Duration Male (yr): 2+

Size: not indicated

Duration Female (yr): 2+

Size: not indicated

Physical differences: Female larger than male

Adult diet: Flakefood, gelatin diet, chopped shrimp. Fed daily

Pre-spawning activity: not indicated

Time spawning began: after dark

Area spawning occurred: in 37 liter tank

Frequency of spawnings: not indicated

Egg(s) description: Orange/red, lost color becoming grey, eyes visible

Approximate quantity: >100

Size: not indicated

Incubation period: not indicated

Time hatching occurred: after dark

Newly hatched appear: Attracted to light

Method removal/transfer: Female removed to rearing tank before hatch


Spawning tank size(liter): 37

Sides of tank covered? No

Lighting & photoperiod: natural, filtered through fiberglass panels

Filtration: undergravel, open system, well water (ocean)

Additives & doses: none

Water temperature (F): 79


Fry development/changes: not indicated

First food offered: rotifers, 2/ml stocking at all times

Second food offered: Artemia nauplii, day 10

Development description: Metamorphosis at 6 weeks. Good long term survival after metamorphosis.


Rearing tank size (liter): 3,700

Sides of tank covered? Yes, blue

Lighting & photoperiod: natural, filtered through fiberglass panel

Filtration: none, open system

Additives & doses: none


Comments: Bottom of tank scrubbed/vacuumed daily. Start flow @ .3 liter/minute, increase to 10 liter/minute. Moved into flow through barrels 180 liter @ 2 months. 200/barrel

Word origin: Lysmata appears to be from the Greek roots Lys meaning loose and mat, -aeo, -eo, meaning foolish or idle. The species amboinensis is from the Latin roots ambo meaning both; in meaning without ; and -ensi, =s meaning a sword. The literal translation seems a bit confusing and the genus Lysmata may refer to the cleaner shrimps leaving the substrate (loose) to clean fish capable of eating them (foolish). The meaning of the species name amboinensis can be literally translated as “both without a sword”, but the significance of this is not clear.

The order Decapoda means “ten legs” (Deca indicating ten and pod meaning foot. The suborder Nantia refers to shrimp. The family Hippolytidae are the “cleaner” shrimp. There appears no Latin or Greek root for Nantia and Hippolytidae appears to be a combination of hippo meaning “horse” and ly another word for loose, and idae being a standard suffix for an animal, although generally used on family designations.

About this report: Information contained in this report is taken from submitted observations. Taxonomy, Synonomy, Original description , Word origin and Suggested reading are provided by member(s) of The Breeder’s Registry staff. Information is presented under the belief that it is accurate. If you have information in addition to, or contrary to that presented you are encouraged to contact the Breeder’s Registry. Permission is granted for “one-time” personal use. Reproduction as distributed or accessible media is prohibited without prior written permission. All rights reserved. 1994

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