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SCIENCE IN PICS: Bumble Bee Shrimp


Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 23, 2012 Last Updated: November 30, 2012
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A bumble bee shrimp feeding on a brittle star at Kapalai in Sabah, Malaysia. (Matthew Oldfield)

A bumble bee shrimp feeding on a brittle star at Kapalai in Sabah, Malaysia. (Matthew Oldfield)

Bumble bee shrimps, Caridina sp., are found throughout the Indo-Pacific.

They are small crustaceans reaching up to 1 inch in length with a yellow or white body and black stripes. The legs and tail can have orange markings.

These shrimp eat the tube feet of echinoderms as seen in this photo of one feeding on a brittle star.

Matthew Oldfield is a freelance photographer based in Bali, Indonesia, specializing in editorial and documentary images from both above and below the waves. He works primarily with charities, NGO’s, and other organizations working to conserve the environment, endangered species, and disappearing cultures.

Matthew is on Twitter @matthewoldfield. More of his photos can be found at matthew-oldfield-photography.com

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