Also known as Crustaceans, Carid Shrimps, Marble Shrimps, Saron Shrimp, Marbled Shrimp, Common Marble Shrimp, Monkey Shrimp, Hump-backed Shrimp, Spiked Prawn and Cleaner Shrimp.
Found nocturnally amongst coral and rubble.
Transparent/cream with red/brown spots surrounded by white and striped legs.
They feed on parasites, algae and plankton.
Length - 6cm
Depth - 3-30m
Often if a divers hand is near to a cleaner shrimps, they will hop on board and perform a manicure!
Carid shrimps occur worldwide in almost every habitat, from sea water to fresh water and can be found all over the reef.
They are generally respected by other creatures, often sharing burrows and holes and working as housekeepers.
They will wave their antennae around to attract customers, they then proceed to clean outside and inside the creatures mouths, gills etc.