|Image: Klaus Stiefel|
It's the Donald Duck Shrimp, also known as the Plume Shrimp, the Long-nose Shrimp and a host of other names, many of which are like an innocent child in a supermarket loudly asking mummy, why does that man have such a big, hairy nose?
The truth is, I have absolutely no idea why this shrimp has such a big, hairy nose. Or rostrum, to be more precise. Mr. plumosus here was discovered as recently as 1994 and it looks like very little is known about it.
We do at least know that it reaches about 3 cm (scarcely more than an inch) long and comes from the Indo-Pacific, where it glories in colours far more vibrant than the drab camouflage of its closest kin.
There's nothing to suggest that the Donald Duck Shrimp is one of these cleaners, regardless of its resemblance to a toothbrush.