Also known as Anemone Shrimp, Carid Shrimp, Commensal Shrimp, Crown Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Mushroom Coral Shrimp, Partner Shrimp, Plate Coral Shrimp, Plumed Shrimp, Popcorn Anemone Shrimp, Popcorn Shrimp.
Found in pairs living in a symbiotic relationship with various anemones and mushroom corals over coral and rocky reefs. Body transparent, red to black with a white spiny head (that looks like a dollop of cream)
They feed on algae, parasites and plankton.
Depth - 3-30m
Widespread Western Central Pacific
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,. Ref: x