Crinoid shrimp

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Hippolyte catagrapha
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H. catagrapha
Binomial name
Hippolyte catagrapha
d'Udekem d'Acoz, 2007

The crinoid shrimp, or feather star shrimp[1] Hippolyte catagrapha, is a species of shrimp in the family Hippolytidae[2]

Description[edit]

Crinoid Shrimp, Twin Rocks, Anilao, Philippines

Crinoid shrimps grow to up to 3 cm in total length. They are well camouflaged shrimps which live on a host crinoid, the elegant feather star, Tropiometra carinata.[3]

Distribution[edit]

These animals are found off the South African coast in False Bay and have been seen from 10 to at least 30m underwater. They are probably endemic to this area.[3] There is evidence however, that these shrimp exist elsewhere in the world with the species recently observed in the Philippines.[4]

Ecology[edit]

These shrimps have so far only been seen in association with crinoids. They probably eat the wastes of their host.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Georgina. A field guide to the marine animals of the Cape Peninsula. SURG, Cape Town, 2008. ISBN 978-0-620-41639-9
  2. ^ De Grave, Sammy (2010). "Hippolyte catagrapha d'Udekem d'Acoz, 2007". WoRMS. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E. 2010. Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 978-1-77007-772-0
  4. ^ "Anilao Macro, March 2014 - Facebook". www.facebook.com.