Phylum Arthropoda Subphylum Crustacea Class Malacostraca Order Decapoda
Crustaceans with a large carapace covering the head and thorax and enveloping the gill chambers; also possess five pairs of legs Number of families 151
Photo: The bubble coral shrimp (Vir philippinen-sis) is very widespread throughout Indo-Pacific waters. This species is always found in association with the bubble-shaped coral. They often come in pairs, and they live in the crevices among the bubbles of the coral, using the spaces for shelter. They appear not to do any harm to the coral, and may help to keep the coral clean. This particular specimen is pregnant with a load of eggs. (Photo ©Tony Wu/www.silent-symphony.com. Reproduced by permission.)
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