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Unusual Pistol Shrimp Hitchhiker

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 5:11 pm by
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Yesterday my co-worker Bill noticed an extraordinarily long, but thin, shrimp leg darting in and out of a series of holes that appeared to be drilled through the top of the rock. He chiseled open the rock and found this pistol shrimp. The pistol shrimp had to have been trapped inside the rock unable to leave since it was very young, similar to the way a gall crab grows inside a coral. If anyone recognizes this pistol shrimp and can identify it, please leave a comment.

(Yes, we know the image is huge when you click on it, we wanted to make sure you can see the details)

Felicia has been keeping aquariums since the early 90s and has a keen interest in taxonomy, aquaculture, and seahorses. she is the former Liveaquaria Diver's Den photographer and now works for Philadelphia area's largest aquarium specialty store The Hidden Reef.

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2 Responses to “Unusual Pistol Shrimp Hitchhiker”

  1. Boomer William Wing says:

    Looks like a Crinoid snapping shrimp. Look up the Genus Synalpheus. Looks like carnatus.

  2. Jonathan Peyton says:

    Wow thats one hell of a claw!
    Did it lose its pigment being in the rock so long?

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