Banded Cleaner Shrimp
Photo by Gerick Bergsma
Cleaner shrimp clean parasites and injured tissue from reef fish, and "dance" by swaying side to side and whipping their antennae to attract clients.
|S. hispidus is found on tropical reefs worldwide.|
|Reef flats and protected reef environments|
|Fish parasites and dead tissue|
|Cleaner shrimp are highly territorial and may remain within a one meter area for as long as one year. Males and females are often found in pairs, and it is believed that cleaner shrimp mate with one partner for life. Females are usually larger than males, and mating can only occur when females have recently molted their exoskeleton.|
- Moorea Biocode Database