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Pullosquilla litoralis
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Pullosquilla litoralis
Taxonomic Group: Crustaceans-Stomatopods


The mantis shrimp, Pullosquilla litoralis, is native to the tropical Indian Ocean, including Madagascar and the Aldabra Islands, as well as, the West Pacific from Sulawesi, Indonesia, the Marquesas, Australia, and Guam. It inhabits sandy areas in the vicinity of coral reefs, but has also been found in seagrass beds. In 1999, a single specimen of P. litoralis was captured at Key Largo, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico. There are no further records of this mantis shrimp from the continental US. Possible vectors include ballast water, the aquarium industry, or (less likely) scientific research. Pullosquilla litoralis has no known ecological or economic impacts.

*This species is not currently established in North American waters.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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