Size2.5 inches (6.4 cm)
DietCrustaceans, worms, and dead skin and parasites on fish
RangeIndo-Pacific, particularly in Hawaii
HabitatCrevices and holes
- Body is long and thin with straw-like limbs and antennae.
- Coloration is orange and the dorsal surface is red with a central white stripe. Limbs are yellow to orange.
- Common length of 2.5 inches (6.4 cm).
Hawaiian cleaner shrimp are often found around eels
- 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 front two legs.
- Occurs in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in Hawaii.
- Found in crevices and holes at depths between 3.2 feet and 131.2 feet (1-40 m).
- Oviparous, or egg laying species.
- Starts life as male and changes into a female as it ages.
- 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