Banded Shrimpgoby with alpheid shrimp by Erik Schlogl

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Banded Shrimpgoby (Cryptocentrus cinctus) with a shrimp of the family Alpheidae, probably Alpheus rapax. Restorf Island reef, Kimbe Bay, New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

505 views as at December 6th, 2012.

Shrimpgobies often live in a commensal relationship with shrimps like this. The fish and the shrimp share the same hole in which they hide from predators. The hole is dug and maintained by the shrimp, which is nearly blind. The fish keeps watch, signaling danger to the shrimp with a twitch of its tail. When approached too closely, both quickly disappear into the hole.

Nikon D300, 105mm Micro Nikkor, Seacam housing, flash. ISO 200 in RAW, f/45 at 1/60 sec.

Featured in the RedBubble group BREATHTAKING WILD ANIMALS & PLANTS.


commensal, shrimp, goby, papua, new guinea, fish, sea, animal, wildlife, prawn, kimbe bay, new britain


  • yook
    yookover 3 years ago

    Welldone Eric.
    Watched a doco on these, totally awesome.

  • Thanks!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...over 3 years ago

    Excellent work, Eric, getting both of these in the one shot. I have a hard enough time just getting the goby.

  • Thanks Andrew – the 105mm lens makes things a lot easier!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thanks Ann!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    17 July 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 2 years ago

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  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

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