Skeleton shrimp

Skeleton shrimp

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Caption: Skeleton shrimp. Large cluster of skeleton shrimp (Caprella septentrionalis) waiting for prey. Skeleton shrimp mimic the colour and shape of the fronds of seaweed, hydroids and bryozoans amongst which they live. They use this camouflage to help ambush their prey, remaining motionless for long periods of time. They are omnivorous, feeding on diatoms and detritus as well as protozoans, smaller amphipods, and crustacean larvae.

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