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Bubble Coral Shrimp.

Half inch.

Bubble Coral Shrimp.

Orang Utang Crab on

Bubble Coral. Covered

with algae, an inch.

Orang Utang crabs with

different algae.

Carry Crab with sea

urchin for disguise.

Special hind claws

adapted to hold preferred

disguise.

Carry Crab with Jellyfish

for disguise.

Carry Crab with Jellyfish

Porcelain Crab, three

quarters inch. Usually

live under anemones.

Mosiac Boxer Crab.

Carries little stinging

anemones in claws as

defense.

Mosiac Boxer Crab. Half

inch.

Mosiac Boxer Crab with

orange eggs.

Hermit Crab inhabiting

old shell. Night dive.

Hermit Crab. Night dive.

Hermit Crab in Murex

shell, it's feeding on a sea

slug. Night dive.

Hermit Crab, this one has

decorated its shell with

small anemones as

disguise. Night dive.

Soft Coral Crab, less than

half inch.

Soft Coral Crab, they

attach little soft coral

toupees as camouflage.

Soft Coral Crab, thats an

egg mass underneath

her.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp,

four inches.  Can cause

injury with a front claw

strike.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

with eggs.

Tiger Mantis Shrimp,

eight inches. Note front

spearing claws.

Close up of claws.

Dangerous if messed

with.

Harlequin Shrimp,

feeding on Seastar.

Harlequin Shrimp, inch

and a quarter.

Harlequin Shrimp, claws

are adapted to chisel

shapes to cut up sea

stars.

Emperor Shrimp, one

inch. They live on other

animals, usually sea

cucumbers.

Emperor Shrimp on Sea

Cucumber. The female is

the bigger one. Still

pretty small!

Emperor Shrimp on Sea

Cucumber.

Female shrimp are

usually bigger, they have

eggs to carry.

Tiny Emperor Shrimp,

maybe quarter inch on

Nudibranch.

Transparent Shrimp.

Excellent disguise, the

Invisible Man of shrimp.

Peacock Tail Shrimp (the

tail is colorful).

Peacock Tail Shrimp with

eggs. Three quarters of

an inch.

Urchin Shrimp, live in

certain species of spiny

urchins.

Urchin Shrimp, about

three quarters of an inch.

Urchin Shrimp. Not easy

to get close to with the

moving urchin spines

that point toward you.

Crinoid Shrimp. The

worst to get photos.

Crinoid Shrimp. They live

deep in constantly

moving crinoids. Half an

inch.

Crinoid Shrimp. They

mimic the color of the

crinoid

Crinoid Shrimp. They

mimic the color of the

crinoid

Crinoid Shrimp. They

mimic the color of the

crinoid

Crinoid Shrimp. They

mimic the color of the

crinoid

Crinoid Shrimp. They

mimic the color of the

crinoid

Crinoid Shrimp. They

mimic the color of the

crinoid

Crinoid Shrimp. They

mimic the color of the

crinoid

Crinoid Squat Lobster,

half inch. Like the Crinoid

Shrimp they mimic colors

and are very difficult to

get on.

Crinoid Squat Lobster,

half inch.

Crinoid Squat Lobster,

half inch.

Crinoid Squat Lobster,

half inch.

Spiny Tiger Shrimp. Half

Inch.

Spiny Tiger Shrimp.

Algae Shrimp. it's the

size of a match head and

is jumping around.

Algae Shrimp. One of the

hardest shots I ever got.

Look close, has eggs.

Zanzibar Whip Coral

shrimp. Live on long 

moving whip corals. The

"big" one is under half

inch.

Zanzibar Shrimp. They

take on the color of the

whip corals they live on.

Zanzibar Shrimp. This

one is on a yellow whip

coral.

This is a Leopard

Anemone.

And this is the tiny half

inch Leopard Anemone

shrimp that lives on it.

Leopard Anemone

shrimp.

Hingebeak shrimp

Squat Shrimp

Squat  Shrimp, quarter

inch.

Ocellated Tozeuma

Shrimp (has litlle circles

on it).

Ocellated Tozeuma

Shrimp

Tozeuma Shrimp. Just

over an inch long.

Mimicking color of

surroundings..

Tozuema Shrimp. Just

over an inch long.

Mimicking color of

surroundings..

Tozeuma Shrimp.

Tozeuma Shrimp.

Hairy Squat Lobster. 

Quarter inch, live on

barrel sponges.

Fire Urchin, four inches

or more wide.

And on the fire urchin

live Zebra Crabs. Less

than half inch, this one

has pink eggs.

Colemans Shrimp. Half

inch, the female is the

bigger one.

Colemans Shrimp only

live on fire urchins.

Interspecies behavior.

Bandtail Goby with

shrimp.

The shrimp cleans the

burrow they both inhabit.

The goby acts as lookout

and brings food to the

shrimp.

More interspecies

behavior.  Striped shrimp

cleaning a Yellowmargin

Moray Eel.

Shrimp is removing

parasites and dead skin

from the eel. It gets a

meal in return.

I was very happy with

these behavior shots. It

took a while to get them.

Compilation. Crabs, shrimp & critters from

the Coral Triangle.

        Home Click HERE to enter galleries. Fiji. May 2011 Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive Bahamas Sharks Red Sea, Egypt 2006 Indonesia 1. The Good. Indonesia 2. The Bad. Indonesia 3. The Ugly. Indonesia 4. Nudibranchs. Indonesia 5. Critters. Great White Shark St Vincent, 2009 Red Sea, Egypt 2009 Galapagos Underwater Galapagos Land Machias Seal Island, Maine. June 2010 and May 2019 St Kitts and Saba, August 2010 Philippines, Puerto Galera January 2011 Fish. Philippines, Puerto Galera January 2011 Creatures Fiji, May 2011. Beqa Reefs Bali, Indonesia 2012. Fish. Bali, Indonesia 2012. Behaviors and critters. Bali, Indonesia 2012. Nudibranchs. Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach, Florida. North Sulawesi 2013. Pipefish and Seahorses North Sulawesi 2013. Fish North Sulawesi 2013. Mostly Nudibranchs North Sulawesi 2013. Crabs and Critters North Sulawesi 2013. Cuttlefish and Octopus Blue Heron Bridge, May 2013 Komodo, Indonesia. August 2014 and 2019 daytime Komodo, Indonesia. August 2014, night dives Philippines, Dumaguete 2015 Fish Philippines Dumaguete 2015, Creatures and Critters Dominica 2015 and 2017. Before Hurricane Maria Raja Ampat, January 2016 Cayman Islands, October 2016 North Sulawesi 2017. Fish North Sulawesi 2017, Creatures Anilao, Philippines 2017. Fish Anilao, Philippines 2017. Eels, Pipefish Anilao, Philippines 2017. Crabs, shrimp, octopus. Anilao, Philippines 2017. Nudibranchs. Triton Bay, Indonesia. 2018 Villa Markisa, Tulamben. Bali, 2018. Fish and Creatures. Villa Markisa, Tulamben. Bali, 2018. Nudibranchs. Solomon Islands, April 2019 Siladen Resort. Siladen Island, Indonesia 2020 Coral Triangle. Things with stings. Coral Triangle. Frogfish. Coral Triangle. Crabs & Shrimp. Coral Triangle. Cuttlefish, Octopi and Squid. Coral Triangle Butterfly and Angelfish

These are selected from multiple visits to "The Coral Triangle" which covers the

Philippines in the North, then South to the Eastern part of Papua/Solomon Islands

and across Indonesia to the West.. It's the area with the greatest marine diversity in

the world. We have been fortunate to make many trips to this distant area over many

years which are covered in the individual galleries. This a condensed version,

assembled from the individual galleries and featuring "the best of"species by type.

These photos have been taken between 2004 and present, mostly in Indonesia and the

Philippines.

In the world of the weird, the crustaceans like crabs and shrimp are hard to beat for

variety. Not just for how they look but the hundreds of places and habitats they can

live. Most are very small, some dart around so not always the easiest photo subject as

you need to be only inches away.  But if you concentrate on the small stuff, you can

always find something!

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