Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
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Shrimp with a clutch of eggs.
The Shrimp was attacked by this Sandperch and assumed the fetal position, spilling its eggs.
Unfortunately, as it was flailing to find safety, the Shrimp landed in the middle of a tube anemone.
The Shrimp either escaped or was spit out by the anemone, but the Sandperch was waiting and went straight for the remaining eggs.
And finally, the Shrimp with no eggs left, looking somewhat defeated...but still alive.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wild pairs appear to be territorial, sometimes remaining in the area for months or years. The pairs are kept together by the females' pheromones and the shrimp's large chelipeds are used in communicative displays. Breeding pairs are known to perform a courtship dance prior to mating. Females are larger than mailes, and differ slightly in the second colour patch on the side of the abdomen.
The larger and colored female is on the right.
Harlequins eat starfish and this individual is carrying around a chunk of starfish, which is trying desparately to cling to the coral.
Male Harlequin on a bright red sponge.