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Harlequin Shrimp

Hymenocera picta

Description:

These salt-water shrimp are wonderfully attractive and are difficult to make out as shrimp due to their unusual shape and markings. H. picta has a white body with large, bright-blue (or sometimes orange) irregularly-shaped spots. They are also called Painted Shrimp, and also referred to as Hymenocera elegans. They feed on starfish, including the crown-of-thorns sea star, and grow to about 5cm in length.

Habitat:

H. picta are found on coral reefs in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, at depths of around 10m. They live in pairs and mate for life, hunting and defending their homes together.

Notes:

These amazing critters were spotted at a depth of less than 15m, off the northern coast of Talikud Island, Samal, Davao.

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17 Comments

Radha
Radha 7 years ago

Fantastic spotting!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

This is unbelievable!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

That is so beautiful

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wow! Gorgeous!!!

LucBertrand
LucBertrand 8 years ago

Spectacular and very beautiful underwater flowers ! I hope that my friend saw this photo LauraMaria becaufe she studied marine biodiversity. Very nice pictures and congratulation Blogie Robillo :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 8 years ago

Wow! Amazing creature! And congrats for your Spotting of the Day!

DebbieFinchSikes
DebbieFinchSikes 8 years ago

So beautiful!!

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Wow!! Thanks very much guys!!

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 8 years ago

Congrats Blogie,,,,excellent.

ShaumingLo
ShaumingLo 8 years ago

Well well well done Blogie!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Congratulations Blogie well deserve wonderful photos.

coleen.sucgang
coleen.sucgang 8 years ago

Beautiful!

peter
peter 8 years ago

What a wonderful series, thanks for sharing it with us. Congrats on another well deserved Spotting of the Day!

"The unusual shape and distinctive markings of the salt-water Harlequin Shrimp make it one of the most elegant and attractive. They love feasting on one marine creature in particular. Can you guess what that is?"

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Awesome grate shots.

DigantaGogoi
DigantaGogoi 8 years ago

wow...............beautifulllllll.......................................!!!!!!!!!

lynne.warren
lynne.warren 8 years ago

That's awesome!

Blogie
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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 7, 2012
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

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