Randall’s Snapping Shrimp (Alpheus Randalli) – Marine Invert



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Alpheus randalli is a species of snapping shrimp in the genus Alpheus. It lives in the Marquesas Islands and parts of the Indian Ocean, including the Seychelles, in association with a goby of the genus Amblyeleotris. The shrimp is transparent or white with prominent red markings

Alpheus randalli is a medium-sized snapping shrimp growing to about 3 centimetres (1.2 in) long. The rostrum of Alpheus randalli is half as long again as it is broad and the carapace is not laterally compressed. The chelipeds are asymmetric, one carrying a massive snapping claw. The background colour of this shrimp is white or transparent with red bands and spots on the rostrum and both large and small chelipeds. There are further bands of white and red on the abdomen and the tips of the uropods are red. The tips of the thoracic appendages are yellowish-green.

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