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Mimicry in Mimicry! This is one of my &#039;dream-encounter&#039; even though I didn&#039;t realised it during the dive.  Only noticed the Xenia Shrimp - Alcyonohippolyte commensalis on the cerata of the Phyllodesmium jakobsenae when going through my video footages a week after the dive!  And luckily, I have just this one decent shot showing the Shrimp on the Nudibranch.<br />
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This Phyllodesmium jakobsenae Nudibranch mimics its host the Xenia Corals and also feeds on them.<br />
The Xenia Shrimp can be found on the polyps of the Xenia Corals with similar colouration and markings/patterns, making them very difficult to find/see as they are very small, usually less than 1 cm in size.<br />
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Close-up of the Shrimp can be seen here :<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/47220/can_you_find_me.html" title="Can you find me?"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2994/47220_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=OocMCjIRjE3yRQuo0y0Z%2Fc0kbHE%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Can you find me? This Xenia Coral Mimic Shrimp - Alcyonohippolyte commensalis are small in size, usually less than 1 cm and is very well camouflaged among the host, Xenia Corals. Alcyonohippolyte commensalis,Anilao,Batangas,Geotagged,Philippines,Shrimp,Winter,Xenia Coral Mimic Shrimp" /></a></figure> Anilao,Batangas,Mimicry,Nudibranch,Philippines,Phyllodesmium jacobsenae,Phyllodesmium jakobsenae Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Mimicry in Mimicry!

This is one of my 'dream-encounter' even though I didn't realised it during the dive. Only noticed the Xenia Shrimp - Alcyonohippolyte commensalis on the cerata of the Phyllodesmium jakobsenae when going through my video footages a week after the dive! And luckily, I have just this one decent shot showing the Shrimp on the Nudibranch.

This Phyllodesmium jakobsenae Nudibranch mimics its host the Xenia Corals and also feeds on them.
The Xenia Shrimp can be found on the polyps of the Xenia Corals with similar colouration and markings/patterns, making them very difficult to find/see as they are very small, usually less than 1 cm in size.

Close-up of the Shrimp can be seen here :

Can you find me? This Xenia Coral Mimic Shrimp - Alcyonohippolyte commensalis are small in size, usually less than 1 cm and is very well camouflaged among the host, Xenia Corals. Alcyonohippolyte commensalis,Anilao,Batangas,Geotagged,Philippines,Shrimp,Winter,Xenia Coral Mimic Shrimp

    comments (3)

  1. Whoa, so the nudibranch mimics the coral, and the shrimp mimics the nudibranch?! Where is the shrimp in the photo - I can't find it! Posted 7 days ago
    1. Yes, Christine.
      The Nudibranch mimics the Corals.
      The Shrimp actually mimics the Corals too, looking like the polyps of the corals.
      But in this picture, as the cerata of the Nudibranch also looks like the polyps of the corals, indirectly, the Shrimp is mimicking the Nudibranch when it rested on the cerata of the Nudibranch.

      Look for the eyes of the Shrimp, I sent pic of it pointing where the Shrimp is to your FB :D
      Posted 6 days ago
      1. Awesome, I can see it now :). Thanks! Posted 6 days ago

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''Phyllodesmium jakobsenae'' is a species of sea slug, an aolid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Facelinidae. The specific name ''jakobsenae'' is in honor of diver and donator of marine slugs for research, Mrs. Wera Jakobsen.

Similar species: Sea Slugs
Species identified by Albert Kang
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Uploaded Nov 29, 2019. Captured Nov 21, 2019 15:48.
  • TG-6
  • f/6.3
  • 1/250s
  • ISO200
  • 18mm