Gorgonian Shrimp (Hamodactylus boschmai)

Also known as Carid Shrimps, Commensal Shrimps

Description

Also known as Carid Shrimps, Commensal Shrimps.

Found over shallow areas of the reef living on their host of red gorgonians blending in with the colours of the gorgonian, over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on algae, parasites and plankton.
Length - 1cm
Depth - 5-30m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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,. Ref: x

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