Pederson Cleaner Shrimp
Saltwatershrimps. Pederson's shrimp lives in association with a sea
anemone, either Bartholomea annulata or Condylactis gigantea, living
among the tentacles with impunity.
To be confused with
- Spotted Cleaner Shrimp Periclimenes yucatanicus.
Size: 1.8 to 2.5 cm.
Colour: Small transparent shrimp with bluish and violet markings on the body and long white antennae.
Shape: Small transparent shrimp, it offers cleaning services to passing
fish and attracts their attention by lashing its antennae about.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits reefs. The shrimp offers cleaning services to passing fish and
attracts their attention by lashing its antennae about. Fish visiting
the cleaning station will remain stationary while their
external parasites are removed and eaten by the shrimp, which even
cleans inside the gill covers and the mouth.
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marion Haarsma, feb. 2106]
- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification:
Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World