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Elegant firefish

Elegant firefish

Mandarinfish

Mandarinfish

Copperband butterflyfish

Copperband butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Splendid garden eel

Splendid garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Blueband goby

Blueband goby

Razorfish

Razorfish

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Slender seahorse

Slender seahorse

Matted Filefish

Matted Filefish

Longnose hawkfish

Longnose hawkfish

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Facts

LatinStenopus hispidus
Size0.6 cm
FoodParasites located on other fish
HabitatTropical coral reefs
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationWestern Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean
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Cleaning stations

The banded coral shrimp is an important inhabitant for the other creatures on the coral reef. They have cleaning stations: areas to which fish swim to get parasites and dead skin removed. That way the shrimps get a meal and the fish get clean skin.

A safe place

The banded coral shrimp lives in cracks and holes in the coral reef. To entice fish to its cleaning station it pokes its antennae out of the opening and waves them about.

No place like home

Banded coral shrimp are extremely territorial and only move about in their own territory. Researchers have discovered that in the course of a year, they only move within an area of one square metre.


Fish nursery

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