Monkey River Shrimp (Macrobrachium lar)

Also known as Carid Shrimp, Freshwater Prawn, Freshwater Shrimp, Giant Jungle Prawn, Jungle Prawn, Monkey River Prawn, Tahitian Prawn

Description

Also known as Carid Shrimp, Freshwater Prawn, Freshwater Shrimp, Giant Jungle Prawn, Jungle Prawn, Monkey River Prawn, Tahitian Prawn.

Found in flowing creeks and rivers near sea level.
They feed on crustaceans, detritus, fish, aquatic insects, molluscs, worms and zooplankton.
Length - 18cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Often if a divers hand is near to a cleaner shrimps, they will hop on board and perform a manicure!
Not that I would recommend doing that with this shrimp!!

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrobrachium_lar

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