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Whip Coral Shrimp

Pontonides unciger

Description:

Also known as Sea Whip Coral Shrimp, Whip Shrimp and Wire Coral Shrimp. This shrimp has a transparent body with purple antennae and horizontal purple lines down its length. They feed on parasites, algae and plankton, and grow to a length of about 1.5cm. This might be a color form of P. unciger. The body is more translucent than typical, and the opaque bands are white instead of orange or brown.

Habitat:

Found exclusively on the Giant Black Coral Whip (Cirrhipathes sp.), at depths of 3 to 55m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

I photographed this shrimp at a dive site called East Point, in Barangay Tagpopongan, Samal Island, during a day dive.

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3 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 10 years ago

This could be a whip coral shrimp (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/860...), but not quite sure because of the coloration...

Blogie
Blogie 10 years ago

Well, I hope we get to go back this Saturday or Sunday. :)

ShaumingLo
ShaumingLo 10 years ago

Wow, we should go back there Blogie.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 30, 2011
Submitted on Dec 7, 2011

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