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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 5 years ago

great, realy wonderful!!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 5 years ago

Very cool !!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Wonderful spotting, Blogie. I loved it!

StephenSolomons 5 years ago


Billo-kun 5 years ago


LuckyLogan 5 years ago

What is one awesome shrimp!

Blogie 6 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 6 years ago

wow! such an interesting creature.

OnengDyah 6 years ago


Blogie 6 years ago

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

alice and nath
alice and nath 6 years ago

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

Blogie 6 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 6 years ago

Is it translucent?

Félix 6 years ago

Wow Amazing!

Blogie 6 years ago

Thanks, guys!

BishoyZak 6 years ago

beautiful creature..

auntnance123 6 years ago

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

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 6.95, Long: 125.67

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

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