Red Claw Cuapetes Shrimp (Cuapetes tenuipes)

Also known as Carid Shrimp, Commensal Shrimp, Invisible Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Glass Shrimp, Long-arm Shrimp, Red-scissor Commensal Shrimp, Thin-arm Shrimp, Thin-armed Shrimp, Transparent Commensal Shrimp

Description

Also known as Carid Shrimp, Commensal Shrimp, Invisible Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Glass Shrimp, Long-arm Shrimp, Red-scissor Commensal Shrimp, Thin-arm Shrimp, Thin-armed Shrimp, Transparent Commensal Shrimp.

Found in colonies over sand bottoms and down holes living commensually with the smashing mantis shrimp and sometime sea anemones.
They feed on algae, parasites and plankton.
Almost completely transparent except for a few brown lines, with very long arms and red claws.
Length - 3.5cm
Depth - 1-160m
Widespread Indo-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

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