Harlequin shrimp on a starfish

Harlequin shrimp on a starfish

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Caption: Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera picta, upper centre) on a mottled starfish (Linckia multifora). 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 Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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