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Broken-back shrimp in Lembata, Indonesia


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#1 echeng

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:21 PM

Hello, everyone. I think I may have asked to have this ID'ed in the past, but I don't remember. Can't find it in my books. Help? :)

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:33 PM

Phycocaris simulans I think. We've had a couple of threads about it. It looks like there's something draped on the body - can you tell what it is in high-res?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:00 AM

Phycocaris simulans I think. We've had a couple of threads about it. It looks like there's something draped on the body - can you tell what it is in high-res?


I also photographed it a couple of weeks ago and it also had the look of something draped around, so I guess it is part of the shrimp...
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:23 AM

A non-hairy version of Phycocaris simulans? Here it is, in high(er) res:

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:48 AM

Oh wow! That circle of fine hairs around the eye is fabulous! Never noticed it before.

Art's opinion on similar shots was maybe Phycocaris simulans, maybe a new species of Phycocaris. I'll send this off to him, see if he known something more at this point.

Davichin - same animal or a different one? They must be pretty territorial if it's the same one.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:36 PM

Just heard from Art. He says that he's seen both hairy & non-hairy shrimp like this identified as Phycocaris simulans. Whether both forms really belong to the same species can't be resolved without examining specimens so someday he hopes to get some.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

Oh wow! That circle of fine hairs around the eye is fabulous! Never noticed it before.

Art's opinion on similar shots was maybe Phycocaris simulans, maybe a new species of Phycocaris. I'll send this off to him, see if he known something more at this point.

Davichin - same animal or a different one? They must be pretty territorial if it's the same one.


Different one (mine was taken at Lembeh...), never met Eric. Attached is a pic of mine.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:36 AM

:) Looks like a fluffy pile of detritus after passing through someone's digestive tract! :)