The Hawaiian cleaner shrimp will often form a cleaning station where it uses its two front legs to feed by scavenging or cleaning parasites off fish.
  • Size

    2.5 inches (6.4 cm)
  • Diet

    Crustaceans, worms, and parasites on fish
  • Range

    Indo-Pacific, particularly in Hawaii
  • Habitat

    Rocky crevices and holes

Physical Characteristics

  • The body is long and thin with straw-like limbs and antennae.
  • Its coloration is orange and the dorsal surface is red with a central white stripe. Its limbs are yellow to orange.
  • Common length of 2.5 inches (6.4 cm).

Animal Fact

Hawaiian cleaner shrimp are often found around eels.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of crustaceans, worms, and dead skin and parasites on fish.
  • Feeds by scavenging or cleaning parasites off fish, often at cleaning stations, using its front two legs.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in Hawaii.
  • Found in crevices and holes at depths between 3 feet and 131 feet (1-40 m).

Reproduction & Growth

  • Oviparous, or egg-laying species.
  • Starts life as a male and changes into a female as it ages.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Also known as “scarlet cleaner shrimp,” “Pacific cleaner shrimp” and “white stripe cleaner shrimp.”
  • Often found around eels.


  • Hawaii’s Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawaii’s Marine Invertebrates. Hoover, John P. Pg. 234
  • Invertebrates: A Quick Reference Guide. Sprung, Julian. Pg. 165
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