Cleaner Shrimps - Lysmata amboinensis feeds by eating scraps of food, dead skin and parasites from other bigger marine animals, especially Moray Eels. When Moray Eels wants the 'cleaning service' it will opens its mouth and gills to let the Cleaner Shrimps or Cleaner Wrasses to get into them and will not eat them. The mouth opening is the signal for the Cleaner Shrimps to get into it and do their job.
In this picture, I managed to get my dive buddy to 'pretend' he is like a Moray Eel by opening his mouth and getting close to the Cleaner Shrimps. Within seconds, the Cleaner Shrimps swam towards the opened mouth and starts to dig into the teeth for scraps of food.
''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