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Harlequin Shrimp

Hymenocera picta


This shrimp predominantly eats starfish, even crown of thorns starfish, like in this photo. They are usually found in pairs. The harlequin shrimp will flip over a starfish to feed on its tube feet, usually dragging it into a safe hole to feast. They have been known to 'feed' their starfish to keep them alive longer, thus allowing them to have a meal for longer. If there are no starfish, they will sometimes feed on the tube feet of sea urchins.

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StirredMocha 6 years ago

Gorgeous photograph!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting, Daniel!

Jae 6 years ago

Cool shot, DanielGeary.

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Negros Oriental, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 16, 2014
Submitted on Aug 16, 2014

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