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Snapping Shrimp in Puerto Morelos

On Tuesday, Patricia Santos (CONANP), Hitamar Palma Muñoz (CONANP), David Delaney (McGill Univ), and I, went for an evening dive in Puerto Morelos, looking – and listening – for snapping shrimp.  We found a handful of Alpheus armatus, and here are the photos to prove it, thanks to Hitamar (Guardaparque, Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos)!

This species is distinctively bright red, as you can see.

Photo credit: Hitamar Palma Muñoz
Photo credit: Hitamar Palma Muñoz

They are very little, but make quite a racket.

Photo credit: Hitamar Palma Muñoz
Photo credit: Hitamar Palma Muñoz

Great snap.

Photo credit: Hitama Palma Muñoz
Photo credit: Hitama Palma Muñoz

The shrimps are found hiding in curly sea anemones, with which they have a symbiotic relationship.

Photo Credit: Hitamar Palma Muñoz
Photo Credit: Hitamar Palma Muñoz
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