Species group: Shrimps
Other common names: Red Skunk Cleaner Shrimp; Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp; Skunk Shrimp; Indo-Pacific White-Striped Cleaner Shrimp; Northern Cleaner Shrimp; Pacific Cleaner Shrimp; Common Cleaner Shrimp
Scientific name: Lysmata amboinensis
The Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp is common throughout reefs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and Red Sea. It is named for the bright red stripes which run down its back. Lysmata amboinensis feed on small parasites (such as marine ich) and bacteria, and will establish "cleaning stations" where they will clean host fish.
Cleaner Shrimp are peaceful and do best if kept in small groups of 2-3 individuals. They should be housed with non-aggressive tank-mates.
reef tank, peaceful creature, ich outbreaks, clean parasites, external parasites
large carnivors, predatory fish
symbiosis, fascinating thing, cleaner station