Pederson Cleaner Shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni)

Also known as Crustaceans, Carid Shrimps, Commensal Shrimps, Cleaner Shrimp, Anemone Shrimp, Symbiotic Cleaner Shrimp.

Description

Also known as Crustaceans, Carid Shrimps, Commensal Shrimps, Cleaner Shrimp, Anemone Shrimp and Symbiotic Cleaner Shrimp.

Found on several live anemones especially Corkscrew Anemone - Actinoporus elegans.
They wave their antennae and sway their bodies to attract fish or "fingers" to clean.
They feed on parasites, algae and plankton.
Length - 2.5cm
Depth - 3-20m
Widespread Caribbean

Often if a divers hand is near to a cleaner shrimps, they will hop on board and perform a manicure!

Carid shrimps occur worldwide in almost every habitat, from sea water to fresh water and can be found all over the reef.
They are generally respected by other creatures, often sharing burrows and holes and working as housekeepers.
They will wave their antennae around to attract customers, they then proceed to clean outside and inside the creatures mouths, gills etc,.

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