General Description

Body transparent with thin red lines on the carapace and red spots along the abdomen. Claw red with white tip. Up to 6 cm long (head to tail tip).


Red-handed Shrimps feed on algae or scavenge for animal matter. While most commonly found in sea water, they do also occur around the mouths of estuaries, but always in the higher salinity areas. The females are larger than the males. Eggs are carried under the abdomen.


Southern and eastern Australian coast.


Reef, seaweed, seagrass meadows, including tidal pools, to depth of 12 m.

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