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Copyright: Pieter Swanepoel (Pieter) (12)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-19
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon 350D, 18-55mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-04 5:46
Viewed: 5930
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Banded coral shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) belongs to the Stenopodidea infraorder and while it looks like a shrimp and has the word shrimp in its name, it is not a true shrimp. Other common names are banded boxer shrimp, banded prawn, coral banded shrimp or barber-pole shrimp.

They are medium to large sized shrimp and have red bands around their bodies, and long, white antennae. The body is covered with short spines, which are used in defence. They have the ability to grow back a broken claw if it breaks off. Like other decapods they can use the tail to escape backwards rapidly (the caridoid escape reaction). They are cleaner shrimp and hang around openings in the reef and sponges waiting for customers. S. hispidus is a common aquarium pet, because of its cleaning activities. It removes dead tissue, algae and parasites from larger fish, and may even clean the fingernails of hands that are carefully reached towards it.

They like to hang upside down on rocks and shells. They are commonly found in anchialine pools and on coral reefs.

This was taken in 30m of water.
This shrimp was waiting for customers to clean.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-04 15:01]

Wellcome on TN Pieter!

This is a nice close-up of the shrimp. I know they are not big, and taking close-up picture UW is not easy. It look like you took it without a flash so DOF cannot be large at 5,6. However sharpness and exposure are good. TFS

Nice shot.

Shutterspeed of 1/25 seconds is not a lot. So well done on keeping the camera still enought for this shot, especially under the water with the waves and currents.

I do not think people appreciate how little light there is under water, it must be like shooting at dusk all the time?

I did a workshop just to get the picture a bit sharper, hope you like it?


Nice capture.

Arm still a bit sore so I am keeping the comments short.

Well done with a great shot! Welcome to TN, hope to see lots more.



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