OMG it’s like swimming ribbon candy!

The ribbon eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita), also known as the leaf-nosed moray eel or bernis eel, is a species of moray eel, the only member of the genus Rhinomuraena. What is now known as R. quaesita also includes the former R. amboinensis. R. quaesita was used for blue ribbon eels and R. amboinensis for black ribbon eels, but these are now recognized as the same species. The ribbon eel is found in lagoons and reefs in the Indo-Pacific ocean, ranging from East Africa to southern Japan, Australia and French Polynesia. Although generally placed in the moray eel family Muraenidae, it has several distinctive features leading some to place it in its own family, Rhinomuraenidae.

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“Peppermint Shrimp” (Lysmata amboinensis)

Also known as the scarlet or skunk cleaner shrimp, the peppermint shrimp is a species of hippolytid shrimp that is widespread in the Red Sea and the tropical Indo-Pacific. L. amboinensis is an omnivore and a scavenger and will feed on the parasites and dead tissue of various animals found in coral reefs. L. amboinensis is also one of the species of shrimp involved in “cleaning stations”. Where certain fish will come to the shrimp and allow it to pick the parasites and dead tissue off of it.

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Images: Lonnie Huffman and Sasho Zahariev


“Squat Shrimp” (Thor aboiensis)

Sometimes known as the “Sexy Shrimp” the squat shrimp is a species of hippolytid shrimp that is widely distributed throughout the Indo-west Pacific and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. Thor aboiensis is noted for the commensal relationship(s) it holds with several species of sea anemones, typically Stichodactlya haddonia, Lebrunia danae, and Cryptodendrum adhaesivum. The shrimp will live among the tentacles of their anemone host, feeding on particles attached to them and sometimes the tentacles themselves.


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Image: Nick Hobgood


Look what I found; some old drawings I forgot to upload a long time ago. These are on the same piece of paper that the Limax maximus was on (a really old drawing; my first 100+ notes-post). 

Here are some shrimp: Caridina gracilirostris (Pinokkio-shrimp!) and Lysmata amboinensis (more sketchy-looking; the reason I never uploaded it).