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Emperor Shrimp

Periclimenes imperator

Description:

Commensal shrimp living with nudibranches and holoturians. The antennal scales, flattened, give the head a typical duck-billed appearance. The background colour is orange-red. White spots are concentrated in an enclosed area on the back, or uniformly scattered in specimens living on the spanish dancer, or are missing completely. Legs and joints of the claws are purple. 2 cm. Easy to identify by the "duck bill" and by purple legs and pinces. The dorsal spots can have different shape and extension. The more similar species is Periclimenes soror, smaller and whose claws are not purple tipped. Source : http://www.seadb.net/en_Emperor-shrimp-P...

Habitat:

Back reef, Coastal bay, Deep reef, Lagoon, Reef external slope, Reef front. Indo-Pacific.

Notes:

Spotted this pair on a Sea Cucumber (Stichopus sp.) at a depth of about 6 m. The bigger one was about 1.2 cm. For a look at the sea cucumber, please check http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/105...

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57 Comments (1–25)

staccyh
staccyh 5 years ago

Wow, beautiful!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 5 years ago

Wow!!!!!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 5 years ago

Thank you injica! :-)

injica
injica 5 years ago

Beautiful coloration:) great spotting!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 5 years ago

Thanks Seema. Yes colors are stunning but definitely not synthetic :-)

Seema
Seema 5 years ago

stunning colors..looks almost synthetic

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 5 years ago

Thank you Luis! Appreciate it :-)

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Beautifully captured!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 5 years ago

It is lucasm1. :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Thanks Andrea! Cheers :-)

AndreaLim
AndreaLim 6 years ago

I love your underwater photography Eric. Keep up the great work!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Thanks for your comments Patty, Ali, Yuko and Carol :-)

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 6 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 6 years ago

Stunning shrimp!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

Very beautiful.

patty
patty 6 years ago

Outstandingly beautiful and amazing shrimp! Great spotting and picture Eric! =)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Glad to share it RiekoS. Thanks :-)

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

Very beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Thanks Sumukha! :-)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 6 years ago

Wonderful..!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Thanks Reza. Glad you liked it :-)

Beautiful !

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Thanks for all the likes. Still one of my favorites among my collections :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Thanks Hanno Shalby :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 6 years ago

Hi Leah. I don't think you can. Besides it is only half an inch long so doubt if you'd be able to taste anything :-)

Batangas, Philippines

Lat: 13.80, Long: 120.91

Spotted on Mar 11, 2012
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

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