Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

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Periclimenes yucatanicus - (Ives, 1891)
Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

This shrimp needs a large host anemone to withstand its low-level but continual predation. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

Found on several anemones and originally considered a harmless commensal, it may, in fact, be ectoparasitic, feeding on the anemone’s tissues. Has the long, white antennae characteristic of cleaner shrimps and may be a cleaner as well. Its cryptic color and behavior of hiding on its host leaves no doubt that it gets protection from its host.

Family: Palaemonidae

Other common name(s):

  • Spotted Commensal Shrimp

Native range:

Maximum length: 5 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Lighting: Immaterial.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Symbiotic on various anemones. Some eat tentacles or other bits of anemone flesh; may also eat anemone mucus or scavenge carrion.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Generally only slightly damage host. May be fine if there is enough food to scavenge.

[edit] Special Care

The shrimp will do best under the same conditions that support its host. Should not be kept without its host as this will stress the shrimp and leave it prone to disease. May need its host for proper nutrition as well.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Spotted Cleaner ShrimpRDF feed
Common name Spotted Cleaner Shrimp  +, and Spotted Commensal Shrimp  +
Family Palaemonidae  +
Genus Periclimenes  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Immaterial.  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Caribbean  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name yucatanicus  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +