The Pistol Shrimp, a.k.a. Snapping Shrimp, comes in a number of different colors, but is usually colored in red or pink. They do very well in the home aquarium, but are often mistaken for Mantis Shrimp, because of their claw-snapping ability. The Pistol Shrimp has one claw bigger than the other, which it pulls back and then snaps together at lighting speed producing a loud sound. In nature, this sound is used to stun its prey. These shrimp are peaceful towards other aquarium inhabitants and can be fed Flake or Meaty substances. The Pistol Shrimp may also take on a symbiotic relationship with many Goby species. They prefer lots of rockwork to hide and a sandbed in order to dig. Shrimp belong to the Class Crustacea and Order Decapoda, which is characterized by two pair of antennae, three body parts, and five pairs of legs. The head of Shrimp is connected to the thorax and covered by a shell called carapace. The antennae of Shrimp are normally long and thin and serve the Shrimp as extended eyes. Shrimp have highly developed abdomens which allows for quick movement. In order for Shrimp to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Shrimp will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Shrimp finds a hiding place and allows its new shell to harden.
Caribbean Pistol Shrimp