The Harlequin Shrimp –Hymenocera picta
With its oversized paddle claws and mottled coloration, the Harlequin Shrimp is one of the most out-of-this-world looking animals reef enthusiasts can put into their aquariums. As is the case with so many of the coolest looking reef animals, the special dietary requirements of the Harlequin Shrimp keep many people from owning them. The one and only thing an adult Harlequin Shrimp will eat are echinoderms, or for the non-nerd reefkeepers, seastars (starfish).
Latin: Hymenocera picta, H. elegans
Hawaii, Red Sea, Indo-Pacific