Lembeh Strait hosts fascinating little critters like the Imperial Shrimp commonly
found on sea cucumbers. The far larger Mantis Shrimp have claws which will inflict
painful injuries on incautious fingers. There are two kinds of mantis shrimp, some
hunt by breaking open shells (smashers) and some by catching prey in spiked claws
(spearers). The Peacock mantis is a smasher, the far larger brown one shown here is a
spearer. Other crustaceans include the stunning, predatory Harlequin Shrimp that
use their sharp edged claws to carve up the starfish they feed on and tiny crabs that
hide on spiny urchins, sea fans or soft corals.
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