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Magnificent Anemone Shrimp

Ancylomenes magnificus


A. magnificus, which is also referred to as Periclemenes magnificus, has a transparent body except for opaque white bands (usually with red outlines) on the carapace and segments of the abdomen. The hump on the abdomen and the tail are also white, the latter having blue patches.


This species is commonly found on scleractinian coral (stony coral that look like sea anemone), and sea anemones (especially Dofleinia armata). Common to the Western Pacific Ocean at depths of 3 to 29m.


As divers know, cleaner shrimp will willingly approach if you present your hand for a scuba-diving spa session. (Curiously, though, I've experienced that they will not, or hesitate to, approach if your hand is gloved.) And it's a delight to see them clapping their hands while waiting for the next customer -- as if drawing attention to their underwater services!

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vivianpoma 10 years ago

great, realy wonderful!!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Very cool !!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Wonderful spotting, Blogie. I loved it!

StephenSolomons 10 years ago


Billo-kun 10 years ago


LuckyLogan 10 years ago

What is one awesome shrimp!

Blogie 11 years ago

Thanks, OnengDyah and angel_ansh! If you see one underwater, just extend your bare hand and wait for the shrimp to approach. :)

angel_ansh 11 years ago

wow! such an interesting creature.

OnengDyah 11 years ago


Blogie 11 years ago

If you have very sharp eyes, I guess! ;)

alice and nath
alice and nath 11 years ago

Cool! and you can actually see what they ate. :)

Blogie 11 years ago

Gracias, Félix!

@alice & nath - Transparent, actually. When a female has eggs, you can see them inside her body! That's why they're also called glass shrimp.

alice and nath
alice and nath 11 years ago

Is it translucent?

Félix 11 years ago

Wow Amazing!

Blogie 11 years ago

Thanks, guys!

BishoyZak 11 years ago

beautiful creature..

auntnance123 11 years ago

Holy moly, that looks like a handful of tiny bones. Very magnificent.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 22, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

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