Crustaceans

Swarming Bumblebee Shrimp
Gnathophyllum americanum

Once is a while you come across something underwater that just blows your mind!! This was one of those times. Bumblebee Shrimp are one of the rarest shrimp. They are much desired as a photographic subject for this reason, as well as being beautiful subjects. Usually you find one or two (always exciting) and they …

Swarming Bumblebee Shrimp
Gnathophyllum americanum
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Bryozoan Snapping Shrimp

  It’s always exciting to find a critter underwater that you haven’t seen before, and even more exciting when it’s “undescribed”. Ambon (Indonesia) has some fantastic critter diving and I had heard that living in Bryozoan Coral were some critters that had not been seen before. Bryozoan is a ‘moss’ marine animal that looks, in …

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Shrimp and Shrimp Goby
Amblyeleotris sp & Alpheus sp

  The relationship between these ‘Shrimp Goby’ and their ‘Shrimp’ reminds me of the expression ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ The Goby has pretty good eyesight and lives on sand. The trouble with living on sand is that there is nowhere to hide when something comes to eat you. The Shrimp has …

Shrimp and Shrimp Goby
Amblyeleotris sp & Alpheus sp
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Carry Crab with Nudibranch
Ethusa sp & Glossodoris hikuerensis

  I’ve seen many strange things, weird behaviour and odd critters while in Lembeh, but this is one of the most bizarre sights I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing… Now I’ve seen Carry Crabs carrying Urchins, Jellyfish, banana skins, pieces of cardboard and crinoids….I’ve seen shrimp and even fish on nudibranchs…but what I had never …

Carry Crab with Nudibranch
Ethusa sp & Glossodoris hikuerensis
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White Spearing Mantis
Lysiosquillidae

  Another week and another Lembeh surprise. I found a White Spearing Mantis! We get quite a lot of mantis shrimp in Lembeh, both the smashing mantis and the spearing mantis. Smashing Mantis have round eyes and (as the name suggests) smash their prey. Spearing Mantis have oval jellybean-like eyes and they spear their prey. …

White Spearing Mantis
Lysiosquillidae
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Translucent Gorgonian Shrimp with parasite
Manipontonia psamathe

  Even though I’m starting to worry that perhaps my eyesight isn’t what it was, it’s still not too bad. I am still in awe of the tiny things that our guides find on a regular basis, but I was pretty pleased with one shrimp I saw this week. Though not the smallest critter, the Translucent …

Translucent Gorgonian Shrimp with parasite
Manipontonia psamathe
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