Striped bumblebee shrimp
Gnathophyllum americanum

Scientific name: Gnathophyllum americanum


Photo Jean-Luc Joly
Blunt headed shrimp, almost without rostrum, as cut off. The major claw is long almost as the body. White colour with brown-black bands, claws and legs with orange markings. Up to 3 cm.

Circumtropical.

Living in lagoon, bay and along external reef.

Usually observed in association with echinoderms, like sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. It seems that this association is only occasional. We observed it always in association with the pencil sea urchin Heterocentrus mammillatus.

Not to be confused, in our area, due to the blunt head.
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