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The Crinoid Squat Lobster, also known as the Elegant Squat Lobster, is a squat lobster from warm, Indo-Pacific waters.
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They can survive on their own, scrabbling around in search of food, but their prospects greatly improve if they can get their claws into a crinoid.
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The feathers are really arms used to collect tiny, drifting plankton. The feathery shape provides a greater surface area, and a kind of gutter full of sticky mucus runs through the middle. Plankton gets trapped in the mucus and the crinoid slowly drags the whole lot down into its mouth at the centre of the feathers.
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For Crinoid Squat Lobsters, this is ideal. They climb up into those crinoid arms and intercept some of that delicious plankton before it can reach the crinoid.
Video: Underwater Video JP
Crinoid Squat Lobsters come in a vast array of colours.
Usually they bear light and dark stripes that camouflage them as they cling on to their host.
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This is great stuff for our squat lobster! It's like living in a house which purposefully situates itself in a plot of land where bread and chocolate bars mysteriously fall from the sky every morning.
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There goes the line between "chum" and "chump".