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Clown shrimp, Harlequin shrimp

Hymenocera picta


These shrimps naturally occur on coral reefs in the tropical Pacific (particularly around Hawaii) and Indian Oceans. In the wild they are often found in pairs, and many sources state that they mate for life. The female of this species is usually slightly larger than the male, and can be identified by the blue tips on the abdominal legs while males generally have transparent legs. This shrimp's maximum size is around 5.5cm (2"), although specimens collected from the Indian Ocean are typically smaller - usually reaching a maximum size of around 2.2cm (1").


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NotZilaArth 10 years ago

You will! Look very carefully near the corals. They usually hide there. 

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Nice..I wish I will be able to find one of these in my future dives :-)

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Spotted on Jun 27, 1970
Submitted on Jun 27, 2011

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