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Harlequin shrimp

Hymenocera picta


Harlequin shrimp, is usually cream colored or white with occasional spots,they reach about 5 centimetres in length, live in pairs and feed exclusively on starfish. It does seem to prefer smaller, more sedentary starfish, but if it is not sufficient for its needs, it will attack Acanthaster, both reducing its consumption of coral while under attack, and killing it within a few days. When it comes to males and females, the females are larger and have colored abdominal plates unlike the males.


It is found in Indo-Pacific below the intertidal zone on coral reefs.

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You are welcome Marek,please dont forget to only add to the 2019 Best Wild Photo mission,spottings that have interaction between species,ok?

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek a year ago

Thanks António, I did change Mission for this spotting, I like very much idea about interaction between species. It brings spoting to another level.

Great capture Marek,i remark that this spotting is still in the 2018 Best Wildlife Photo mission,we have alleady create the 2019 Best Wild Photo mission,here is the link:
I presume that your other recent spottings are also in the 2018 mission,the better is to change them to the 2019 mission,when you have time,so they can be enter in the final choices for this year,this spotting is perfect to this year mission theme:
" this year we wish to bring attention to the “N” in Noah (Networked organisms and habitats), and we want you to emphasize interactions between species."
Thanks for sharing your amazing nature encounters with us all

Marek Koszorek
Spotted by
Marek Koszorek

จังหวัดพังงา, Thailand

Spotted on Feb 22, 2019
Submitted on Feb 22, 2019

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