Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Video Day! Crinoid-Crustacean LOVE!

Today some cool commensal crustaceans living among feather stars! (aka comatulid crinoids). Crinoids are filter feeding echinoderms that live in the tropics of the Indo-Pacific (and the Atlantic). Some live in the deeps...

Not sure about the comments of the narrator regarding the unpalatabity of the crinoid-but certainly those shrimp get some food out of it... and dang! Look at that camoflage!

crinoid shrimp from Steve Clark on Vimeo.


Snapping Crinoid Shrimp from liquidguru on Vimeo.

There's a nice vide of a shrimp living among a crinoid host here at 1:16

this one isn't a shrimp-but a galatheid "crab"

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