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Coleman Shrimp

Periclimenes colemani

Description:

Coleman's Shrimp, a.k.a. Fire Urchin Shrimp, are found exclusively on the fire urchin (Asthenosoma varium). These commensal shrimp are usually in pairs, the larger one being the female. The host urchin's spines do not harm the shrimp, which usually clear an area on the urchin where they perch. They feed on parasites, algae and plankton.

Habitat:

Found on fire urchins, which are in turn found in sandy-bottom areas near reefs. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

These critters had been in absentia from Dayang Beach, Talikud Island for some months, but have recently returned to the area. Spotted this pair at a depth of around 20m. The female measured about 2cm long.

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14 Comments

ira080808
ira080808 7 years ago

truly amazing Blogie..love from Phils :)

ChrisP
ChrisP 7 years ago

Striking!!

ChrisP
ChrisP 7 years ago

Beautiful!..excellent photo

MrJohn
MrJohn 7 years ago

Awesome.

nexttogone
nexttogone 7 years ago

Beautiful creature!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

Gorgeous. Well done.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 7 years ago

WoW! Very Beautiful...:-)

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Wow! Just amazing!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Amazing Blogie! I love these :)

Spectacular !

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

gorgeous!

Blogie
Blogie 7 years ago

Thanks, Saarbrigger and ArgyBee! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Incredible porcelain beauties.

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 7 years ago

Wow. Nice shots. Beautiful.

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Davao del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 8, 2012
Submitted on Dec 9, 2012

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