Periclimenes imperator

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Periclimenes imperator
Periclimenes imperator (Emperor shrimp) on Bohadschia argus (Sea cucumber).jpg
Periclimenes imperator on the sea cucumber Bohadschia argus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Caridea
Family: Palaemonidae
Genus: Periclimenes
Species: P. imperator
Binomial name
Periclimenes imperator
A. J. Bruce, 1967

Periclimenes imperator, known as the emperor shrimp, is a species of shrimp with a wide distribution across the Indo-Pacific.[1] It lives commensally on a number of hosts, including the sea slug Hexabranchus.[2] A. J. Bruce first described it in 1967 based on eight specimens ranging from 4 millimetres (0.16 in) to 7.6 millimetres (0.30 in), and found Periclimenes rex to be its best resemblance.[3]

Periclimenes imperator lives in water up to 45 metres (148 ft) in depth,[4] and can grow to a length of 1.9 centimetres (0.75 in).[5]


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