Death of a Shrimp
I was talking on the phone with a friend when I
glanced down and saw, to my horror, that my Banded Coral Shrimp
had died. Its lifeless body, already festooned with algae, lay at
the bottom of the tank, arms spread, claws clenched.
After my initial gasp, I looked more closely,
and was about to find something with which to extract the corpse
when I noticed yet another Banded Coral Shrimp
behind a rock. Since I did not own two such shrimp, I was
confused. After a few moments, it became clear: my shrimp had
I extracted the "skeleton" and laid
it out carefully on a sheet of wax paper. After it dried, I was
able to photograph it in some detail. Perhaps you will find this
to be as interesting as I did.
I was surprised that the "skeleton"
was virtually completely intact: I had expected it to be
shredded, as is the case with most snake skins. And I was
surprised that I managed to get it out of the tank and dried
without significant further damage. As you will see, in the final
picture, the shrimp managed to pull itself out of even the six
antennae and they are more like hairs than anything else.