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Harlequin shrimp belong to the genus Hymenocera, and they are unique for  their brightly colored bodies and unusual feeding habits.

They feed almost exclusively on starfish, using their powerful claws to  break their prey’s limbs and devour the starfish’s tissue.

However, as fascinating as these small crustaceans may be, some people  are concerned about whether or not they can pose any harm to humans.

Specifically, one question that frequently arises is whether or not Harlequin shrimp bites can hurt humans.

Harlequin shrimp are a species of brightly colored shrimp popular among  marine enthusiasts, especially those who keep reef tanks.

They feed exclusively on starfish and are known to be very skilled at  navigating around a starfish and finding the perfect spot to take a  bite.

The harlequin shrimp then uses its specialized mouthparts to rip apart the starfish’s flesh and feed on the soft tissue.

They may occur in the wild when the shrimp are hunting for food or in a  captive setting when the shrimp are being fed by their owners.

Harlequin shrimp are usually fed pieces of starfish purchased from a seafood market in a captive setting.

This allows the shrimp to get the nutrients they need without hunting in the wild.

Myotoxins cause damage to the muscles, leading to breakdown and kidney failure.

There is still more to learn about these incredible creatures!

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