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PSY­CHE­DELIC SEALIFE

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

If the whole world smells like fresh paint to the Queen, for an em­peror shrimp it’s dec­o­rated in a gar­ish colour scheme of flu­o­res­cent blobs and polka dots. Em­peror shrimps have fairly lim­ited hori­zons, spend­ing their en­tire lives pot­ter­ing about in com­men­sal re­la­tion­ships with their cho­sen hosts. This in­di­vid­ual in Ja­pan has part­nered with the colour­ful sea slug Cer­ato­soma trilo­ba­tum, of­fer­ing a groom­ing ser­vice in re­turn for the priv­i­lege of feed­ing on the mol­lusc’s fae­ces. Should the slug de­cide to take a swim, the shrimp will wedge it­self into a fleshy fold on the flank of its host to ride out the jour­ney.

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