Synalpheus neomerisis commonly referred to as Soft coral snapping shrimp, Soft-coral Pistole shrimp, Spined-rest snapping shrimp. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
Synalpheus neomeris (de Man, 1897 in [de Man, 1895-1898])
Synalpheus neomeris is a snapping shrimp or crab from the family Alpheidae.
The small crab lives in a community with soft corals such as Dendronephthya hyalina, where it actively defends the soft coral against predators such as marine snails.
Specific predators of the soft coral include Tritonia sp. and Dermatobranchus sp. species.
The symbiosis of crab and snail is called mutualism or symbiosis.
We have attached a very interesting research report about symbiosis.
Alpheus neomeris de Man, 1897
Synalpheus bougainvillei Coutière, 1905
Synalpheus gravieri Coutière, 1905
Synalpheus miscellaneus de Man, 1909