Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Harlequin Shrimp

Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta) is the only known species of the Hymenocera geuns in the Palaemonidae family. But some groups claim that the species should be separated into two sub-species, Hymenocera picta & Hymenocera elegans, as they have different colourations and live in different regions. They feed exclusively on the legs of starfish, unless they're desparate and may feed on urchins.

A pair of Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)
Harlequin Shrimps (Hymenocera picta) at Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta), Indonesia
Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)
Credit: Pablo Mallegol Dahlgren
Harlequin Shrimp Hymenocera picta
Scientific Rank
Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Order: Decapoda (Crustaceans)
Family: Palaemonidae (Palaemonidae)
Genus: Hymenocera (Hymenocera)
Species: Hymenocera picta
Average Size: 5 centimetres

No Troubles Just Bubbles' divers who recently saw Harlequin Shrimp

Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Manta Queen 7
Trip destinations: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
When: Apr 2023
Joel Rajesh
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Andaman
Trip destinations: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
When: Apr 2022

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