Here's a picture of a female that is going through the transition to maroon/black, like the male picture I had in the original post.
It's a pretty rare occurrence. They look like BMs and go through the coloring and maturation process the same, but a select few get so dark they turn purple then black. Sort of like black rose from the chocolate strain, but originating from the red strain. Perhaps I can get a good group of these and start my own Bludgeoned Mary line, hope they breed more true.
Also, I would like to mention IMHO that the red flesh is still a myth. I can see the clear line when the shrimp is about to molt. If you are trying to find a shrimp that is red from the inside out, don't buy the BM available on them market now.
Males are definitely darker and more colorful. The pictures Bandaiban has are probably females that need a couple a more molts to reach full BM potential.
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