Species group: Shrimps
Other common names: Californian Spot Prawn, Alaska Spot Prawn
Scientific name: Pandalus platyceros
Spot prawns are part of the commercial prawn fishery on the west coast of North America. They also will eat plankton so feeding them brine shrimp (Artemia) is a relatively inexpensive way to keep them healthy.
They range in color from pale orange to red with distinctive white lines and spots. These prawns are quite large relative to other species in temperate waters which makes them great tank animals. These prawns can provide a fun, colorful, and active crustacean to your temperate tanks.
Just be cautious with other tank inhabitants as these prawns will eat other prawn species, worms, and sponges.
A shrimp hut or fish house to provide shelter will keep your prawns happy.