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Hippolyte varians

Leach, 1814 [in Leach, 1813-1814]

Montse Grillo Hippolyte Varians

Ilse Merz wonderful!

Carlos Minguell Joder! Que huevos más gordos pone! O.o

Message posted on UWphotographers on 19 Sep 2012
Erling Svensen This picture, 3 years old, still no name. Any body that can suggest a species? Shrimp from South West Norway.

Peter H van Bragt To me this one looks very much like a Hippolyte varians Leach, 1814

Erling Svensen I do not think so, Peter. This shrimp have many spikes from rostrum and on top of the head. The H. varians has only one.

Peter H van Bragt indeed you are right

Peter H van Bragt So that makes it most likely one of those Pandalidae species. But these are almost imposible to call by there name just by using a photograph

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 04 Sep 2013
David Fenwick Snr Can someone have a look at the images please and tell me what they think. Have looked at it under the scope and I think almost certainly Crangon allmanni judging by the sixth telson. Was found intertidally at Chimney Rocks, Penzance, today.

David Fenwick Snr Marco contacted me privately as he was worried about it being Crangon allmanni. Fortunately I had saved the specimen and had put it in alcohol. I looked at the specimen again, drew it on paper with the book in another room, then took the drawing to the book, it was soon apparent that it wasn't Crangon allmanni at all, but Hippolyte varians, a species I thought I was familiar with. Just goes to show how important it is to consider 'everything' when looking at prawns, masters of mimicry. A lesson learnt!

João Pedro Silva <5mm shrimp on Leptogorgia sarmentosa last night in Portimão, Algarve, Portugal. Any ideas on ID?

Marco Faasse Looks like Hippolyte varians. Does that species occur in the Algarve?

João Pedro Silva Yes it does, Marco. Thanks!

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 26 Aug 2012
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Arthropoda (Phylum)
    Crustacea (Subphylum)
      Malacostraca (Class)
        Eumalacostraca (Subclass)
          Eucarida (Superorder)
            Decapoda (Order)
              Pleocyemata (Suborder)
                Caridea (Infraorder)
                  Alpheoidea (Superfamily)
                    Hippolytidae (Family)
                      Hippolyte (Genus)
                        Hippolyte varians (Species)
Associated Species