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Anemone shrimp

Periclimenes longicarpus


This nearly transparent shrimp is very tiny. Its body is barely 2 cm (3/4 inch) long from its rostrum (i.e., snout) to the end of its tail. Its body has a pale lavender tinge to it, and its appendages and tail are marked with violet/blue spots, and edged in white.


This shrimp lives commensally among the tentacles of certain anemones. The anemones' tentacles have stinging cells, called nematocysts, which most potential predators of the shrimp cannot tolerate, thus the shrimp's choice of home affords it some protection from predation.


Tenggol Island, Trengganu Malaysia

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Spotted on Jul 30, 2011
Submitted on Aug 23, 2011

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