by imagica | Jun 10, 2017This Petersons Cleaner Shrimp was very eager to get in front of my lens, most likely because it wanted to ‘clean’ my camera looking for any parasites or dead skin which does not exist on my camera unfortunately for this little cleaner shrimp. Forming a...
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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