7 photos - 3 species


 As the name suggests, they live on anemones,

usually together with porcelain anemone crabs.

There are claws on the first and second pair of legs,

which they use to pinch off the tentacles

of their host anemone and feed on them.

Ancylocaris brevicarpalis

Pacific clown anemone shrimp or Peacocktail anemone shrimp


Maximum length: 3 - 4 cm

This shrimp feels most at home with an anemone.

Individually, in pairs or even in groups.

The shrimps are immune to the nettle venom of the anemones.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Bali Indonesia

Periclimenes rathbunae

Sun anemone shrimp

 Maximum length: 2.5 cm

Usually lives in association with the anemone Stichodactyla helianthus,

or occasionally with Condylactis gigantea.

Generally transparent and colourless, with many small orange and white spots.

Photo 1 Astrid: Bonaire Caribbean

Photos 2 - 3 Johnny: Bonaire Caribbean

Thor dicaprio

Dicaprio's anemone shrimp or Squat anemone shrimp

Maximum length: 1 - 2 cm

In a present study, a new cryptic species Thor dicaprio

was established for the western Atlantic populations previously labelled Thor amboinensis.

The new species differs from all other members by two differences in the colour pattern.

The conspicuous red and white banding of the antennal flagellum,

appears to be the characteristic of the new species.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Bonaire Caribbean