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New shrimp looks like a cross between a jelly bean and a scorpion

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 04, 2016 09:00 AM
This is Metapontonia scorpio, a weird, new species of symbiotic coral shrimp from Taiwan. The tiny pill-shaped shrimp features an unique tail that can turn upwards like a scorpion's tail.
New shrimp looks like a cross between a jelly bean and a scorpion

The scorpion coral shrimp

The newly described shrimp is currently known to associate with the brain coral Diploastrea heliopora, although further exploration may discover other stony coral hosts for M.scorpio.  The only other species of the genus is M.fungiacola, which lives in a wide variety of LPS such as Platygyra lamellina (Merulinidae), Lobophyllia hemprichii, cf. Micromusa sp., Symphyllia cf. radians (Lobophylliidae), and Galaxea sp.  These are all very commonly collected corals for the marine aquarium hobby, so reefkeepers who keep these corals might just have one of these tiny symbiotic hitchhikers hiding in their tanks.  Time to bust out the red flashlight at night! Smile

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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