Pictured is a Spotted Anemone Shrimp on the tip of a tentacle of a Giant Caribbean Sea Anemone. Living in a commensalism symbiotic relationship, the anemone provides refuge and a home for the shrimp, while the shrimp defends as well as tends to the surrounding area of the anemone, eating parasites and the inherent slime that forms around the anemone. In the years following me finding this anemone, I would come back year after year to visit this same anemone and shrimp due to the anemone being on a stand-alone recognizable rock just off a shipwreck site in the Bahamas known as Laura Wreck.
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Pederson’s Anemone Shrimps have a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with its sea anemone in which it hosts.
These shrimps are dependent on the sea anemone and are rarely found far from them because although they have a shell, the anemone provides protection from predators. In return, the shrimp cleans the anemone removing organism caught in the anemone’s mucus. Therefore, they feed on the tiny organisms and detritus that get caught in the anemones mucus.
The cleaner shrimp also wave their antennae to attract fish to their “cleaning stations”. The cleaner shrimp has a mutulistic relationship with the fish. They remove parasites from stationary fish that are passing by. Not only cleaning externally they also clean inside the mouths and gills of fish and other marine life wishing to be cleaned.
Although the Pederson’s cleaner shrimp have an armored exoskeleton, this does not protect them from the sea anemones sting produced by the nematocysts. The cleaning shrimp has to adapt themselves to their host. This is done by slowly making contact with the tentacles of the anemone. After this process is done repeatedly, the shrimp develops immunity and can move about the anemone unaffected. Similarly, the anemone also no longer notices the presence of the shrimp. ... See MoreSee Less