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Crustaceans – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 13

Crustaceans – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 13


This video covers various types of decapod in the subphylum of Crustacea. First we encounter 3 of the most common types of spiny lobster (Palinuridae) found in the Andaman Sea, the painted spiny lobster, Panulirus versicolor, at East of Eden in the Similan Islands in Thailand, the rare ornate spiny lobster, Panulirus ornatus, at Black Rock in the Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar), and the longlegged spiny lobster, Panulirus longipes, which line the walls of the underwater cave at Western Rocky Island.

We then look at shrimps, another type of decapod. We encounter rock cleaner shrimps, Urocaridella sp., inhabiting the underwater caves at Richelieu Rock, the Durban hinge-beak shrimp (Durban dancing shrimp), Rhynchocinetes durbanensis, which are common at many site throughout the Andaman Sea, and thirdly the banded coral shrimp, Stenopus hispidus, also known as the “banded boxer shrimp”.

Finally we meet a small and feisty swimming crab, Portunus sp., in open water in the Mergui Archipelago.

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