Red Spot Cleaner Shrimp (Urocaridella sp.)

Also known as Carid Shrimp, Caridean Shrimp, Cleaner Shrimp, Red Spot Anemone Shrimp, Rock Shrimp

Description

Also known as Carid Shrimp, Caridean Shrimp, Cleaner Shrimp, Red Spot Anemone Shrimp, Rock Shrimp.

Found regularly in colonies at cleaning stations waiting for customers over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on algae, parasites and plankton.
Transparent with a hump back and red and white spots.
Length - 3cm
Depth - 3-30m
Widespread Western 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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