species: Chorisquilla tweediei in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chorisquilla tweediei

©Roy Caldwell: Chorisquilla tweediei

©Roy Caldwell: Chorisquilla tweediei at entrance to burrow

©Roy Caldwell: Tail of Chorisquilla tweediei
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Stomatopoda
Family Protosquillidae
Genus Chorisquilla
Species Chorisquilla tweediei



Distinguishing features

A small species, reaching only 3 cm. Green or brown with a wide white band behind the head and a narrower white band further back. 

Bilobed white eyes with two vertical black stripes; dorsal surface of telson covered with fine hooks similar to Velcro. In the field, the entire surface of the telson is covered with detritus. The animal often sits with its camouflaged telson plugging the burrow entrance (information from Roy's List).


  • From 0.9 cm to 3 cm (Length)


Similar taxa


Roy Caldwell provided LIRS with a list of stomatopods he collected at Lizard Island between 1986 and 1997. It includes Chorisquilla trigibbosa (which was likely a misidentification of Chorisquilla tweediei) with the note: "reef flat".

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Appears to be quite common on windward reef flat habitats.

Web resources


  • Ahyong, S.T. (2001). Revision of the stomatopod Crustacea, Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement, 26: 1-326. LIRS catalog number LIRS 2099.
  • Blanco, M.M. and S.N. Patek (2014). Muscle trade-offs in a power-amplified prey capture system. Evolution, 68: 1399-1414. LIRS catalog number 1777.
  • Cronin, T.W., N.J. Marshall and R.L Caldwell (1994). The intrarhabdomal filters in the retinas of mantis shrimps. Vision Research, 34: 279-291. LIRS catalog number 1659.
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