The banded coral shrimp are immensely popular among aquarists. What makes these shrimp-like invertebrates so attractive is their colorful body. Moreover, they are so easy to maintain and care for that they can be an excellent addition to any marine aquariums.
The coral banded shrimp is a shrimp-like decapod, but not a true shrimp. It is a member of the family, Stenopodidae and the genus, Stenopus . It is also known as banded coral shrimp, banded prawn, banded boxer shrimp, and barber-pole shrimp.
It is one of the most widely distributed shrimp-like decapods in the sea, though it is basically a native to the oceans of Indonesia. Usually, it can be found hanging upside down in the caves and crevices. It normally reaches a size of 5 cm. The female is usually larger than the male. Its body is covered with short spines.