The most common crustacean that you will see around Puerto Galera is the Thor amboinensis also known as the Squat Shrimp.
The Squat Shrimp is very small and can only grow up to four (4) centimeters. It has reddish to brownish red color with white spots around its body and blue line on the edge of the spots. They are normally seen on anemones, soft corals and even on the side of tube worms. They can be seen in pairs or in a group of six (6) to eight (8). They feed on parasites, algae and planktons.
One of the challenges with the squat shrimps is how to take their picture since they will hop around and hide fast specially when you get closer to them.
Photo taken by Ino Garcia Pausanos
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:36:00 PM