Harlequin Shrimp


Common Name:
Harlequin Shrimp
Phylum:
Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class:
Malacostraca
Species:
Hymenocera picta
Average Size:
5 centimetres
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.

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