Cryptic Sponge crab Cryptodromiopsis spongiosa

Sponge Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Sponge crab Lauridromia dehaani is not often seen due to their nocturnal habits. During the day they hide in crevices or holes and are usually only seen at night.  As their name implies they decorate th...
banded coral shrimp (Tenopus hispidus)

Banded Coral Shrimp-Facts and Photographs

The banded coral shrimp (Tenopus hispidus) is also known as the banded cleaner shrimp. They are shrimp-like decapod crustaceans belonging to the infraorder Stenopodidea. Their bright red and white coloratio...
Smith's xanthid Eriphia smithii

Smiths Xanthid – Facts and Photographs

Smith's xanthid Eriphia smithii is a commonly found crab on the East coast of Africa. APPEARANCE Smith's xanthid  grow to a maximum carapace width of  of 60 centimeters and have proportionately large nipp...
Mole Crabs- Sea Lice-Genus Emerita

Mole Crabs – Facts and Photographs

Mole crabs of the genus Emerentia, also known as sea lice, sand fleas or sand crabs, are small crabs that are seldom seen, except perhaps when their shells are washed up on a beach. APPEARANCE Mole crabs ...
Pink ghost crab Ocypode ryderi

Pink Ghost Crab

A pink ghost crab (Ocypode ryderi), rescued from a nearby swimming pool and returned to the beach, puts on his best threatening behavior to try and scare me away. The so called ghost crabs are nocturnal sca...
natal lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus tenulcrustatus)

Natal Lightfoot Crab

A natal lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus tenulcrustatus) shines in the night from the light of my flash, freshly emerged onto the rocks from a dousing wave. The natal lightfoot crab inhabits the intertida...
underwater macro photography

Dancing Shrimp in Formation

A runner-up in Underwater Photographer of the Year, this image was taken on a dive site mooring, a large concrete block, which was covered in pink sponge...
Cinetorhynchus

Hinge Beak Shrimp

An unknown species of Cinetorhynchus, possibly reticulatos, commonly known as a hinge beak shrimp sits on the coral feeding. Hinge beak shrimps are nocturnal and are mainly reddish in color. Because of the ...
anemone shrimp

Anemone Shrimp

An anemone shrimp photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. Photographed with a Nikon D7000 with a 60 mm lense, f/22.0, 1/60, iso 200....
Harlequin Shrimp

Harlequin Shrimp

Acouple of harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera picta), spotted on a coral reef while scuba diving off the coast of Tofo, Mozambique. Harlequin shrimp feed exclusively on starfish, including the crown-of-thorns sta...
cleaner shrimp

Banded Coral Shrimp

A banded coral shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Here the cleaner shrimp advertises to passing fish by slowly waving its long white antenna...
Sculptured Slipper Lobster

Sculptured Slipper Lobster

A sculptured slipper lobster (Parribacus antarcticus), photographed while night diving in Dar es Salaam. With the somewhat flattened appearance and horseshoe-shaped carapace (hard shell of the exoskeleton t...
Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

A rainbow colored peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus), photographed while scuba diving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The vast array of color is for mating purposes, colors are transmitted in wave...
DSC04849

Dar Dancing Shrimp

A dancing shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis), also known as the camel shrimp, candy shrimp and hinge-beak shrimp. This red and white striped crustacean is distinguished by a moveable beak that is usually a...
Scuba Diving

Lobsters Crawling About

Avideo of ornate spiny lobsters (Panulirus ornatus) during a night dive at Remora in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Several were crawling about the reef, coming right up to the camera on several occasions. Footage...
Lobster

Lobsters

Lobsters are ten-legged crustaceans closely related to shrimp and crabs. They are benthic, or bottom-dwelling, and are found in all of the world's ocean, as well as brackish environments and freshwater. They ha...
American Lobster

American Lobster

An american lobster (Homarus americanus). Notice the coloration of brown, green and red, some american lobsters are even blue or white. Lobsters only turn bright red after they've been cooked for dinner. Am...
Homarus americanus

The One in 2 Million

A blue american lobster (Homarus americanus), photographed at the New England Aquarium. An estimated one in 2 million lobsters are blue due to a genetic mutation which causes a blue lobster to produce an ex...
Spiny Lobster

A Spiny Lobster

A spiny lobster, also known as a langouste or rock lobster and is from the family, Palinuridae, with about 60 species of achelate curstaceons....
Mantis Shrimp

The Eyes of a Mantis Shrimp

The eyes of a mantis shrimp have a mid band area which can be clearly seen as a stripe across the middle of the eye, and as the eye twists and moves around, the angle of the midband area changes. Black dots can...
Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

GENERAL INFO There are some 400 different species of mantis shrimp. Some mantis shrimps grow up to 30 centimeters (11 inches) in length. Locomotion is via the usual shrimp and lobster met...
Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

I arrive at the emerald warrior of the sea, launched from its fortress of sand and stone with threatening fists of lightning, hovering humbly in readiness for a punch. Decorated with segmented, roving eyes,...
12-edit-feat

The Unrealized Shrimp

The unrealized beauty and behavior of a shrimp, filmed during a night dive in Dar es Salaam. Fluorescent orange eyes glow in the distance and shuffle deeper into the sand as I get closer. I glance below me, ...