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Saron shrimp
Family Hippolytidae
updated Oct 13
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, Sep 09

Tanah Merah, Aug 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

Photos of Saron shrimps for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Pulau Senang, Aug 10


  • 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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