Fish Species

Cleaner Shrimp

Cleaner Shrimp - Description

The Cleaner Shrimp is also known as the Northern cleaner shrimp, Skunk cleaner shrimp, Pacific cleaner shrimp and Scarlet cleaner shrimp and has a mutual symbiotic relationship with fish. It removes parasites for the fish which in turn provides a valuable food source for the shrimp.

Cleaner shrimps usually congregate at 'cleaning stations' on the reef waiting for fish affected by parasites to simply turn up and have their parasites removed!

Popular Name: Cleaner Shrimp
Species: Lysmata amboinensis

Profile of the Cleaner Shrimp

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Cleaner Shrimp species.

  • Diet / Feeding: Parasites and dead tissue

  • Temperament: Good addition to a community tank, they will clean the tank and the fish!

  • Habitat: Reef dwellers, marine waters

  • Behaviour: Symbiotic relationship with fish, removes their parasites

Scientific Classification of the Cleaner Shrimp

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Lysmata amboinensis

  • Popular Name: Cleaner Shrimp - Northern cleaner shrimp - Skunk cleaner shrimp -  Pacific cleaner shrimp - Scarlet cleaner shrimp

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Hippolytidae

Crustaceans Index

Facts about Fish Species - Cleaner Shrimp

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

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