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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...
Back reef, Coastal bay, Deep reef, Lagoon, Reef external slope, Reef front. Indo-Pacific.
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...
Spotted on Mar 11, 2012
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012
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