Harlequin shrimp

Harlequin shrimp

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera picta, upper centre) turning over a starfish (Fromia monilis). The harlequin shrimp turns live starfish upside-down, so that they can not get away. It then drags the starfish to a feeding area where its epidermis is pierced and the inner tissue is pulled out to be eaten. The male hunts and feeds alone, but does form a stable pair with a female. Photographed off Myanmar (Burma).

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Keywords: animal, burma, burmese, crustacean, feed, feeding, fromia monilis, harlequin shrimp, hymenocera picta, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, myanmar, nature, ocean, sea, starfish, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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