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How to identify a true peppermint shrimp

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I'm no expert, just starting the debate...

Found this article, which shows a lot of close up detailed comparisons, but here's a phot summary of different types.  There are other similar shrimps too, that may or may not eat aiptasia (which seems the main concern, and reason for wanting to identify the different species):
http://decapoda.nhm.org/pdfs/27306/27306.pdf
(A) Lysmata wurdemanni
(B) Lysmata rathbunae
(C) Lysmata ankeri
(D) Lysmata boggessi
(E) Lysmata pederseni
(F) Lysmata bahia

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Reply #1

But ... which one of them is the one we want?

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The top one is the one people refer to as a true peppermint, but I believe others also eat Aips, just not sure which ones.  Also, it's apparently pretty common for LFS to sell all sorts of varieties as true peppermint s (most of whom are probably unaware of the differences, other than between these and a camel shrimp).

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Reply #3

Let me check when they are out about tonight, will let you know later :)

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Reply #4

I have been thinking of getting some my filefish never touched them  I through a piece of rock with palys on as it was getting covered tryed the aip x but they still keep popping up.

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Reply #5

I've one , who in the beginning did eat the aips then stopped , I've just spent several hours with AIP X over the weekend trying to wipe them out . Still loads left most are tiny at the mo and hard to administer anything to

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