Spotted cleaner shrimp
Saltwatershrimps. They live among the tentacles of several species
of sea anemones. They sway their body and wave their antennae in order
to attract fish from which they eat dead tissue, algae and parasites.
To be confused with
- Sun Anemone Shrimp Periclimenes rathbunae
Size: 1.8 to 2.5 cm.
Colour: It has a transparent body patterned with brown and white saddle shaped markings. The chelae and legs are boldly striped in red, purple and white. There are two pairs of long white antennae banded in black.
Shape: Shrimplike. Breeding takes place in the summer and females have been seen brooding eggs under their abdomens in the months of July and August.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits reefs. The spotted cleaner shrimp lives in close association
with a sea anemones. It lives among the tentacles and up to six
individual shrimps have been seen on one sea anemone. It swishes its
antennae around in the water to attract the attention of passing reef
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marion Haarsma, apr. 2015]
- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification:
Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World