Harlequin Shrimp

A pair of Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta) A pair of Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)
Harlequin Shrimps (Hymenocera picta) at Richelieu Rock, Thailand

Credit: Alexander Kiermayer

Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)

Credit: Pablo Mallegol Dahlgren

Harlequin Shrimp Hymenocera picta
Description

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.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class:
Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda (Crustaceans)
Family: Palaemonidae (Palaemonidae)
Genus: Hymenocera (Hymenocera)
Species: Hymenocera picta
Size
Average Size: 5 centimetres

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