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Dental service 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 &#039;cleaning service&#039; 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.<br />
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In this picture, I managed to get my dive buddy to &#039;pretend&#039; 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. Cleaner Shrimp,Fall,Geotagged,Lysmata amboinensis,Mabul,Malaysia,Northern cleaner shrimp,Sabah Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Dental service

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.

    comments (12)

  1. Excellent demo Albert - love it! :o) Posted 16 days ago
    1. Thanks, Arp :) Posted 16 days ago
  2. Haha this is awesome :) Posted 16 days ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy :) Posted 16 days ago
  3. Albert... only you could come up with this fabulous pic. :-) Did it work by the way ?? Posted 14 days ago
    1. Thanks, Mark for your kind words and appreciation.
      You can see the Shrimp has 2 whitish leg-looking in the front, and its bigger than the regular legs, they used that to pick on food scraps and you can definitely feels it when it is digging/scraping on your teeth/gum.
      Posted 13 days ago
  4. That's awesome. Full service shrimp- no species discriminated against :p Posted 13 days ago
    1. Thanks, morpheme :) Posted 13 days ago
  5. Must let my dentist know - awesome ! Posted 13 days ago
    1. Yes, @Leuba and tell him to try scuba diving :D Posted 12 days ago
  6. Just unbelievable..., Albert. Great shot and a different kind of experiment where not many would like to try this one..!! Great job.. ,(y) Posted 6 days ago
    1. Thanks, Sunil for your kind words and appreciation :) Posted 6 days 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

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Uploaded Nov 28, 2017. Captured Nov 28, 2017 10:14 in Unnamed Road, 91308 Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.
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