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Leopard Shrimp

Izucaris masudai


This Leopard Shrimp - Izucaris masudai is one of the larger ones and fat, most likely a female carrying eggs. They are mostly around 1 cm in size or smaller.


Leopard Shrimps are probably found exclusively on Colonial Sea Anemones. They are mostly white in colour with markings of brown/black which camouflages well with its Sea Anemone host.


This species was first discovered from Japan and described in 1999 under a new genus - Izucaris. The genus name Izucaris was derived from the location this species were first discovered - Izu Peninsular, Honshu, Japan.

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AlbertKang a year ago

Thanks, @Leuba for your kind words and appreciation :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Absolutely beautiful shot of the habitat as well !

AshleyT a year ago

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Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on May 29, 2019
Submitted on May 29, 2019

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