Feast your eyes on some of the ocean’s most teeny-tiny shrimps! Filmed and edited by Marcelo Johan Ogata ‘BugDreamer’, the video Shrimp World is packed with some of the ocean’s most exotic, and iconic crustaceans.
Marcelo’s is an underwater filmmaker who creates beautifully immersive long-format videos on his YouTube channel. But recently he has been branching out into more short-format clips. The Shrimp World supercut comes to us after hundreds of dives around Indonesia.
Keep your eyes peeled for the nearly transparent skeleton shrimp in the second clip they are easy to miss! At 0:11 seconds you get to see a spiny tiger shrimp which in real life is less than .25 inches long or half a cm. Meet the cutest little bumblebee shrimp at 0:33 followed by a cryptic sponge shrimp at 0:41 seconds.
List of shrimp as they appear in the video
Disk Anemone Shrimp (Pliopontonia furtiva) is a very cute little shrimp, with a mainly transparent body, yellow markings, and pink eyes. This tiny shrimp around .5 inches (1.3 cm) in size live inside disk anemones Amplexidiscus fenestrafer and likes to pull the anemone tissue around its body like a blanket, and protects itself inside the fold. It usually sits on the outside perimeter of the coral or near the mouth.
Skeleton Shrimp (Caprellidae) is a family of amphipods commonly known as skeleton shrimps. Their common represents their slender body which renders them virtually transparent among the fine filaments of seaweed, hydroids, and bryozoans. They are sometimes also known as ghost shrimps. Size .5 – 2 inches (1.3 – 5 cm)
Emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) is a tiny shrimp who’s always hitching a ride. The emperor shrimp is a commensal species found living on a number of hosts. There are two emperor shrimp with commensal hosts in this video at 0:08 Spanish Dancers (Hexabranchus sanguineus) and 0:46 Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argue). Size 3-4 inches (7-10 cm)
Spiny Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognathia ceratophthalma) is one seriously tiny shrimp and can reach a maximum length of .5 inches (1.3 cm). This flambouyantly colors crustaceas gets it names from the orange stripe pattern on the legs.
Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera pict) are a much-loved shrimp, often living in pairs and rarely apart. The female are larger than the males from 1-2inches (2.5 – 5cm) and they have beautiful bright blue markings. Harlequin Shrimp feed on the starfish by flipping them over and feeding on their many tube feed.
Starfish Shrimp (Periclemenes soror) are commensal shrimp like the emperor shrimp. The starfish shrimp have a thin body and can be found camouflages to the color of their starfish host. This shrimp is associated with several species like Linckia sp., Ancanthaster sp., Culcita sp.,Choriaster sp. They can be in big group up to 24 shrimps can be found on single sea star or sometimes only 1 or 2. Size .50 Inches (1.3 cm).
Colman Shrimp (Periclimenes colemani) be careful where looking for this pair of striped shrimp. The Colman shrimp live in pairs inside the fierce fire urchin (Asthenosoma varium). The spiky urchins will leave a sting if you brush up against their spines, so getting this shot comes with an added challenge. The urchin’s spines do not harm the shrimp, but they usually clear an area on the urchin where they perch. Size .75 Inches (2 cm).
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarusthe) peacock and golden mantis shrimp are exceptions to the teeny tiny list but it is still an incredible crustacean. The peacock mantis has incredible vision seeing a unique circular polarized light. The mantis also packs a mean punch, with is club-shaped arms capable of smashing through thick shells of snails. 2-7 inches.
Golden Spearing Mantis (Lysiosquillidae mapia) has a brilliant golden shine and alien eyes. This unique mantis waits in the sand for fish or other prey to pass within striking distance. The mantis then shoots out of the sand spearing his prey before retreating beneath the sand. Size 11 inches (28 cm)
Bubblebee Shrimp (Gnathophyllum americanum) commonly known as the “striped bumblebee shrimp,” is a species of shrimp that is common throughout tropical lagoons, bays, and reefs. Similar in coloration to a brightly coloured bumblebee, with blue highlights, the striped bumblebee shrimp can grow up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length.
Donald Duck Shrimp (Leander plumosus) is a fuzzy looking shrimp around 1inch or (2.5cm) long. The Donald duck shrimp looks like he has a long duck beak and can be found over seagrass beds, around sponges of shallow coral and rocky reefs.
Bubble Coral Shrimp (Vir philippinensis) often live in pairs in one protected corner of large healthy bubble corals (Plerogyra sp.). Very discrete during the day, Vir philippinensis move along the coral mostly at night. The bubble coral shirmp grow to about an .5 inch long (1.3 cm) and sometimes, are so small that they’re practically invisible to the naked eye.
Cryptic Sponge Shrimp (Gelastocaris paronae) A very well camouflaged Shrimp, less than .75 inches or 2 cm in size. They comes in a variety of color, all depends on the color of the host – white, cream, brown or red. Hardly visible, except for some white outlines of the Shrimp.
Sexy Shrimp (Thor amboinensis), commonly known as the squat shrimp or sexy shrimp, is a species of shrimp found across the Indo-West Pacific and in parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It lives symbiotically on corals, sea anemones and other marine invertebrates in shallow reef communities. This tiny shrimp Size 1-1.5 inches (2.5 – 4 cm) love to dance and wave it’s sexy tail.
Egg Shell Shrimp (Hamopontonia corallicola) has a translucent body with red spot and large white area on its back, like an egg shell. Living on Heliofungia sp corals. Size up to 1 inch or 2.5 cm.