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Old 08-25-2012, 09:59 AM   #11 
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In my observations, ghost shrimp get red bands on their wirsts when they are fully mature, and if they are fully mature and NOT 4 inches long, they are safe.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:05 AM   #12 
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I can second that. 75% of mine have the red bands on their wrists and antennae, and while some of my shrimp are quite large, they're under 1.5 inches.
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well, that gives me something to look for, thank you!
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:16 AM   #14 
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Here's some pictures of my ghosties, just to show what we mean by the red bands. One of my smaller males, and then my behemoth female.
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wow, mine looks nothing like that, he is completely translucent with no markings.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:49 PM   #16 
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Well then he may be young. mine didn't develop markings for awhiel after I got them
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If you can take some pictures, it might help :P
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:16 AM   #18 
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working on that :)

I did go back to the store and find the actual species, whish is palaemonetes vulgaris so I can do some more research. found a great paper on them here:http://www.dnr.sc.gov/cwcs/pdf/grassshrimp.pdf

the comforting is they say the shrimp will resort to cannibalism and will attack anything smaller than himself. So there is hope.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:46 AM   #19 
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Found another reference to the two shrimp that have more similar photos of them.

Macrobrachium:


Palaeomonidae:


And this is my little bugger... I think I will call him that if I decide to keep him.


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he is very hard to photograph so I hope you can tell from these shots.

This is the store label:
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