Rhynchocinetes spp.
Source: Oceanreef.dk - Kasper Hareskov Tygesen


Latin name Rhynchocinetes spp.
Common name Camelback shrimp
Family Alpheoidea - Rhynchocinetes
Origin East Indian Ocean, Australia, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific
Max length 4 cm (1.6")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 50 l (13 gal)
Hardiness Average
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for most aquarium
Reef safe Reef safe with caution
Aggressiveness Peaceful


  • Detritus
  • Soft coral

Eats coral polyps

This species will eat coral polyps, which will result in a reduced growth of Zoanthus.

When an aquarium contains many corals this does not have any significant impact.


This species is nocturnal and therefore the most active when the light is dimmed or turned off.

Family description (Alpheoidea)

Shrimps have many different purposes in the tank, some are just pretty while others are shy but useful. Some remove parasites whilst others help fight different pests. 

Read more about the different genera and species for more specific information.

References and further reading

About references

Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Cleaner Shrimps of the Family Hippolytidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
James W. Fatherree. A Few Common Shrimps for the Marine Aquarium - Wet Web Media - (English)


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