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Snapping shrimp are the honeybees of the sea Photo

Snapping shrimp are the honeybees of the sea

Snapping shrimp, whose several different species are known for their pistol-like pincher movement, have another more interesting bit of trivia about them: they are eusocial. These shrimp are one of the only known marine species to share the responsibilities of raising young. This characteristic is most recognizable in honeybees. Colonies of snapping shrimp most typically live in sponges and have one queen. Scientists have recently focused on their social network.

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Image: Snapping shrimp Photo

Image: Snapping shrimp

Wetpixel member Jeffrey de Guzman (tankado) has submitted an image of a snapping shrimp, tentatively identified as Synalpheus neomeris. Apparently, not much is known about this species beyond that, in common with many other coral symbionts, they seem to eat mucus secreted by soft corals, thus also ingesting all organic particles trapped within it.

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