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