Emperor shrimp on a sea cucumber

Emperor shrimp on a sea cucumber

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Caption: Emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) on the skin of a Synapta maculata sea cucumber. This shrimp often rides on the skin of an inedible animal such as a sea cucumber, where it hides from predators. The association does not harm its host, so their relationship is said to be commensal. Photographed off Papua New Guinea.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, commensalism, crustacean, emperor shrimp, fauna, indo-pacific, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, marine biology, nature, one, papua new guinea, periclimenes imperator, protection, sea cucumber, single, symbiosis, synapta maculata, tropical, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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