pistol shrimp

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Synonyms for pistol shrimp

small shrimp that makes a snapping noise with one of their enlarged chelae

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After the shift to reef habitat, Mysidacea were absent and Penaeidae and Sergestidae were greatly reduced, and Sicyoninae, Hippolytidae, and Alpheidae became the dominant shrimp components.
Fort Johnson Family Species Common Name Cntrl Reef Alpheidae Alpheus Bigclaw -- -- heterochaelis * snapping shrimp Palaemonidae Palaemonetes spp.