Chameleon prawns

December 2nd, 2008

Chameleon prawns (Hippolyte varians) have been sighted in Studland, Dorset. Hippolyte varians is a small prawn, up to 3.2 cm in length and is widely variable in colour, hence its name, from red to brown through to green or transparent with red or yellow blotches. Hippolyte varians uses this variable colouring as camouflage during the day but turn a blue-green colour at night independent of their habitat.

Photo: Steve Trewhella

A Ray’s Bream was discovered, also known as the Atlantic pomfret (Brama brama) in a rock pool at West Runton, Norfolk. The fish was approximately 50cm long from nose to tail.

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