Zanzibar Whip Coral Shrimp (Dasycaris zanzibarica)

Also known as Carid Shrimp, Commensal Shrimp, Coral Shrimp, Sea Whip Coral Shrimp, Sea Whip Shrimp, Whip Coral Partner Shrimp, Whip Shrimp, Wire Coral Shrimp, Zanzibar Shrimp

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Also known as Carid Shrimp, Commensal Shrimp, Coral Shrimp, Sea Whip Coral Shrimp, Sea Whip Shrimp, Whip Coral Partner Shrimp, Whip Shrimp, Wire Coral Shrimp, Zanzibar Shrimp.

Found in pairs only on Black Coral - Cirripathes perfectly camouflaged matching the colour and pattern of the coral.
They feed on algae, parasites and plankton.
Females twice as large as males.
Length - 1.5cm
Depth - 1-55m
Widespread Indo-West 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: https://www.diving-indo.com/blogs/creature-feature-whip-coral-shrimp/

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