Emperor Shrimp – The Hitchhiker

Emperor Shrimp – The Hitchhiker

Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) riding nudibranch(Ceratosoma trilobatum) and sea cucumber.
Filmed at Ambon and Lembeh Straits in Indonesia with Canon 7D & 5DMK3, 100mm in Nauticam housing.

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Odd Couple: Shrimp goby and blind shrimp

Spotted Shrimp goby – Amblyeleotris guttata, Shot in Dauin, Philippines.

These shrimp goby live in a symbiotic relationship with shrimps(they sharing same burrow). The shrimps are almost blind and need the goby to keep an eye out for predators. Shrimp goby needs a hiding place and benefits from living in the burrow excavated by the shrimp.

Goby in this video: Spotted shrimp goby (Amblyeleotris guttata).

3 minute long original footage compressed(fast forward) in 35sec.
Filmed at Ambon, Indonesia / Canon 7D, 100mm

Snapping (Blind) shrimp – Alpheus sp., Shot in Dauin, Philippines.

I’m sure many people already know about relationship this shrimp and goby.
But I’m still very curious to know how they actually decide to pair up in the first place?

Cardinalfish Mating Dance

I believe this is the mating/courtship dance of cardinal fish (Apogon sp.). The male is changed color (whiter than female) and open it’s mouth often.
I was expecting to see that male taking eggs in his mouth from female but no luck. There were many pairs of mating cardinalfishes like these.
Filmed in Ambon, Indonesia.

암본에서 촬영한 줄도화돔(카디널 피쉬, Apogon sp.)의 구애 장면입니다.
사실 구애 장면이 맞는지 100% 확실하지 않습니다만 수컷으로 추정되는 녀석이 보통때에 비해 색이 연하게 바뀌었고 입을 계속 여는(줄도화돔은 구강부하를 합니다.) 행동을 하는 것으로 봐서 산란 직전의 행동으로 판단됩니다. 사실 암놈이 산란하고 수컷이 입에 알을 넣는 장면을 볼 수있지 않을까 50여분 기다려 보았으나 확인하진 못하였습니다.
인도네시아, 암본에서 촬영하였습니다.