Creature Feature: Tiger Shrimp
The Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognatia ceratophthalmus) is also called Spiny Tiger Shrimp, Bongo Shrimp, Horned Bumblebee Shrimp and one of Lembeh’s Top Crustaceans. They belong to the same family as the Harlequin Shrimps and Bumblebee Shrimps and are relatively small in size – they grow to a maximum of 2 cm but are often smaller. They live cryptic and are usually hidden in sponges, rubble, Algae or broken coral – mostly in a encrusted mix of them. They are usually found by carefully turning loose pieces around. They live very often in pairs – sometimes even in little groups or families. Characteristic is their beautifull coloration, their spikes (on bigger Tiger Shrimps) and their wave like movements.
Photo Tip: Tiger Shrimps are best shot with long Macro Lenses – 100mm, preferrably with a teleconverter or a wetdiopter.
Best Dive Sites to see Tiger Shrimps in Lembeh: Tiger Shrimps are not very common, but can be found on most divesites. A good Guide is the key!