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The crevices of the coral reef

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Seahorse

Common octopus

Cuttlefish

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The pier

Coral reef

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Mandarinfish

Mandarinfish

Scooter blenny

Scooter blenny

Picturesque dragonet

Picturesque dragonet

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Blueband goby

Blueband goby

Persian blenny

Persian blenny

Fire goby

Fire goby

Copperband butterflyfish

Copperband butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Elegant firefish

Elegant firefish

Spotted surgeonfish

Spotted surgeonfish

Matted Filefish

Matted Filefish

Longnose hawkfish

Longnose hawkfish

Royal gramma

Royal gramma

Bluestripe pipefish

Bluestripe pipefish

Razorfish

Razorfish

Splendid garden eel

Splendid garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Hingebeak shrimp

Hingebeak shrimp

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Facts

LatinLysmata amboinensis
Size6 cm
FoodParasites located on other fish
HabitatTropical reefs
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationRed Sea and tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean
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Welcome to the fish spa

The Pacific cleaner shrimp lives on the parasites found on fish; a trait which the fish happily exploit. Fish even let the shrimp into their mouths to clean them, without the shrimp having to fear being eaten.

Change sex with age

While human hair can change colour with age, the Pacific cleaner fish can actually change its sex. They all start out life as males, but over time, the production of the male sex hormone stops and the shrimp change sex from male to female.


Small fish

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