Hairy Squat Lobster: Lauriea siagiani

These flamboyant members of the squat lobster family, Galatheidae, are commensal on large giant barrel sponges Xestospongia muta.  These sponges are filter feeders, drawing nutrient-rich water in through its walls.  The hairy squat lobster appears to feed on nutrient particles collected on the long white bristles covering the body, which are then combed into the mouthparts by the claws and legs.  These video clips were captured in Anilao and Puerto Galera, Philippines.