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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Family Hippolytidae > prawns and shrimps
Saron shrimp
awaiting identification*
Family Hippolytidae
updated Jan 2020
Where seen? This rather large and stumpy shrimp is sometimes seen near reefs, usually among coral and coral rubble. It is not very active and tends to be motionless and thus overlooked as it is so well camouflaged on an encrusted surface. When it realises it has been spotted, it rapidly slinks away into a hiding place. It can also suddenly leap quite a distance away if alarmed.

Features: 4-5cm. Fat and short with a hump-back. Some have very hairy front legs. These shrimps come a swirl of various colours from brown, red, green to blue. It is also called the Marbled shrimp.

Tanah Merah, Aug 09

Tanah Merah, Sep 09

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Saron shrimps on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

East Coast Park, Jun 15
Photo shared by Heng Pei Yan on facebook.

Sentosa, Sep 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Kusu Island, Sep 10
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her blog.

St. John's Island, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Small Sisters Island, Aug 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pulau Tekukor , May 10
Photo shared by Neo Mei Lin on her blog

Cyrene Reef, Jul 10
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Terumbu Semakau, Jul 14
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.


  • Jones Diana S. and Gary J. Morgan, 2002. A Field Guide to Crustaceans of Australian Waters. Reed New Holland. 224 pp.
  • Humann, Paul and Ned Deloach. 2010. Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications. 497pp.
  • Debelius, Helmut, 2001. Crustacea Guide of the World: Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean IKAN-Unterwasserachiv, Frankfurt. 321 pp.
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