Peacock-tail Anemone Shrimp (species: Ancylocaris brevicarpalis) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ancylocaris brevicarpalis
Peacock-tail Anemone Shrimp

©Lyle Vail: Ancylocaris brevicarpalis on Actinodendron sp. 3 on the reef slope between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island Group.

©Alexander Semenov: Ancylocaris brevicarpalis near Turtle Beach, Lizard Island.

©Barbara Banks: Ancylocaris brevicarpalis at Clam Garden, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Palaemonidae
Genus Ancylocaris
Species Ancylocaris brevicarpalis



Distinguishing features

Colour pattern as photographed is distinctive. Adults are always associated with anemones but juveniles may also be found on soft and hard corals (Duris and Horka, 2017).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Duris, Z. and I. Horka (2017). Towards a revision of the genus Periclimenes: resurrection of Ancylocaris Schenkel, 1902, and designation of three new genera (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae), ZooKeys, 646: 25-44. LIRS catalog number 2107.