Bright green snapping shrimp in Didemnum molle tunicate
Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:07 AM
This bright green snapping shrimp lives inside a large Didemnum molle tunicate. We did a night dive at this particular site in Alor, and many of the Didemnum molle tunicates contained critters living inside of them (I saw 2 different shrimps and an amphipod). All of the commensal critters in this tunicate fled from lights, and getting this picture took over half an hour of careful planning and execution. Photo by Eric Cheng, taken with Canon 7D, 100mm macro lens, Nauticam underwater housing, Light & Motion Sola 600 focus light, 2 x Ikelite DS-125 strobes.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:23 AM
Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:06 AM
I think the flatworm is a Cycloporus sp. and it's host ascidian is Didemnum molle. The amphipod looks like Cypoidea sp.
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Canon G9 & G7 in modified Canon WP-DC21 & WP-DC11 housings, 2 x Inon UCL-165 macro lens, no strobe, just internal flash.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:40 AM
And those other inhabitants are really cool! I suspect the small shrimp in the 3rd pic is a juvenile Periclimenaeus.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:53 AM
Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:00 AM
i saw your snapping shrimp in your Komodo video and was very impressed! and such a great video too by the way, it looked like an incredible trip, i wish i could have been there with you all.
I just saw my first 2 of these shrimps today in Lembeh, they were in 2 Tunicates next to each other. It looks a little bit different to your one, but i guess they could be the same species.
All the best,
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