Snapping Shrimp (Alpheidae)

Snapping Shrimp (Alpheidae)

A snapping or pistol shrimp. This is either Alpheus glaber or Alpheus macrocheles. Hard to say as I'm no expert. I only recognised it as a similar shrimp spotted a few years back made it into the national newspapers.

These shrimps are famed for their ability to produce a loud snapping sound with their claw. By loud I mean incredibly loud as in one of the loudest animals in the sea. The name pistol shrimp comes from the fact it wounds like a gun shot (only louder).

This little fellow was found whilst rock-pooling next to St Micheal's Mount in Marazion.

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