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Cleaner Shrimp - Lysmata amboinensis This Cleaner Shrimps usually helps other fishes especially Moray Eels to clean their mouth of parasites.<br />
In the picture, you can see &#039;two white legs&#039; that it will use to pick on the teeth or in the mouth of Moray Eels for scraps of food and parasites.<br />
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You can see a picture of this Cleaner Shrimp on a Moray Eel in this picture :<br />
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They are mostly white to yellow in colour with black spots all over the body.<br />
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Sometimes, scuba divers can also try the &#039;dental&#039; experience by allowing this Cleaner Shrimps to &#039;clean&#039; their mouth.<br />
Check out this video of me getting that experience many years ago :D<br />
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Cleaner Shrimp - Lysmata amboinensis

This Cleaner Shrimps usually helps other fishes especially Moray Eels to clean their mouth of parasites.
In the picture, you can see 'two white legs' that it will use to pick on the teeth or in the mouth of Moray Eels for scraps of food and parasites.

You can see a picture of this Cleaner Shrimp on a Moray Eel in this picture :

Laced or Honeycomb Moray Eel - Gymnothorax favagineus This Honeycomb Moray Eel can grow up to 3 meters length, a very impressive Moray.<br />
They are mostly white to yellow in colour with black spots all over the body.<br />
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 Geotagged,Gymnothorax favagineus,Laced moray,Mozambique,Ponta do Ouro,Summer


Sometimes, scuba divers can also try the 'dental' experience by allowing this Cleaner Shrimps to 'clean' their mouth.
Check out this video of me getting that experience many years ago :D


    comments (4)

  1. Haha, holy crap Albert, you sure aren't afraid of anything. Love this post! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy.
      We only live once, gotta make the most of it and after all, this was really a harmless encounter.
      The worse-case scenario here would be the freshest Sushi! ha ha
      Posted 3 years ago
      1. I agree, it's not so much of it being dangerous, more like super scary to many people. Posted 3 years ago
        1. True, but that's when education comes into the picture :D
          We get to learn from other's experiences :)
          Posted 3 years ago

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''Lysmata amboinensis'', the northern cleaner shrimp, scarlet cleaner shrimp, skunk cleaner shrimp or Pacific cleaner shrimp, is an omnivorous shrimp species, which will generally scavenge and eat parasites and dead tissue. ''L. amboinensis'' is naturally part of the reef ecosystem, and is widespread in the Red Sea and tropical Indo-Pacific.

''Lysmata amboinesis'' hatches from eggs and goes through an incomplete metamorphosis at 5–6 months of age. After their metamorphosis they will.. more

Similar species: Ten-footed Crustaceans
Species identified by Albert Kang
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Uploaded Sep 26, 2016. Captured Mar 17, 2014 20:54 in Lighthouse Rd, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique.
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