Xiphocaris elongata

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Wrote by Zeck, translated by Logow

Xiphocaris elongata
(Guerin-Meneville, 1855)

Xiphocaris elongata Synonyms :

  • Oplophorus americanus de Saussyre, 1858
  • Oplophorus elongatus Kingsley, 1878
  • Xiphocaris gladiator Pocok, 1889

Common names :

  • Pissiette
  • Pissette
  • Chevrette
  • Yellow nose shrimp
  • Yellow rhino shrimp

See Taxonomy


All the pictures belong to Chris Lukhaup, and are used with his agreement.

Origin : The Caribbean

Carte Xiphocaris elongata

Water specifications :

  • pH : 7.5 (can handle around 8 pH in natural habitat)
  • GH : 6 (can handle around GH 9 to 9,5 in natural habitat)
  • Temperature : 22 to 28°C / 71.6 to 82.4 °F (can handle up to 30°C / 86 °F in natural habitat)

Size :

  • Male : 2.5 to 4cm
  • Female : 2.5 to 4cm

Xiphocaris Elongata Description : Specie with a characteristic rostrum, that presents a series of little spikes on the backside base section, and another on the distal part of the under side. (See drawings d & e of the prints). Variations on the length of the rostrum are detailed in the study from Chace, 1969 : The younger specimens having a relatively longer rostrum than the adults( length compared to size of the specimen). The periopods have very well developed exopods, but the second pair isn’t equipped with a long brush of hairs like other Atyidae.
The rostrum is generally golden/yellow sometimes with a little red tint to it. This similarity with Caridina gracilirostris is the reason why we consider this shrimp to belong to the “gracilirostris complex”.
The body is totally transparent, this leaving internal organs apparent.

Behaviour : Absolutely harmless.

Life span :

Feeding habits : Principally vegetarian. Will gladly accept a few flakes or bottom tabs.

Sexual dismorphism :

Reproduction : Reproduction is of the indirect type necessitating a larval stage in brackish water. Egg size is in the 0,6-0,7mm range.


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Sources (Works) :

  • Süßwassergarnelen aus aller Welt, Andreas Karge & Werner Klotz, pg 158

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