Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

The Pacific Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) is a marine (saltwater) crustacean. It is related to crabs and lobsters. It is also known as the Skunk Cleaner Shrimp.

The Pacific Cleaner Shrimp is pale with long scarlet bands on its shell. Its shell is called a carapace. It has several white spots on its red tail. It has two pairs of long antennae (4 antennae in total). One antenna is forked into two parts, making it look as if there are three pairs of antennae. It is a decapod, with 10 legs. Two of its legs – the ones in the front, near its head, are pincers. Pincers are also called nippers or claws. Its eyes are located at the tip of each of its two short stalks on its head.

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What is a pedipalp?

What is a pedipalp?

A pedipalp is an appendage (like an antennae) of an arachnid (spiders and scorpions).

An arachnid has two pedipalps which end in sensory organs in spiders and pincers in scorpions.

‘Pedi’ means foot and ‘palp’ means touching.

Safari Ant

The Safari Ant (Dorylus) is an insect. It is also known as the Driver Ant and Army Ant.

The Safari Ant is red or red-black with a head, an abdomen, and a thorax. The drone is larger than the soldier ant, and the queen ant is the largest ant in the colony. The soldier Safari Ant has a large head with mandibles (jaws) that look like crab pincers. All worker Safari Ants are blind and don’t have eyes. They communicate by touch and scent (called pheromones).

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