Banded boxer shrimp

Banded boxer shrimp

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Credit: MATTHEW OLDFIELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Banded boxer shrimp (Stenopus hispidus). This tropical shrimp is a cleaner. It picks parasites from the skin of fish at designated 'cleaning stations'. This is an example of mutualistic behaviour: the shrimp benefits by receiving food, and the fish is rid of harmful parasites. The banded coral shrimp is a popular aquarium species. Photographed off Mabul, Malaysia.

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Keywords: animal, banded boxer shrimp, cleaner, crustacean, indo-pacific, invertebrate, invertebrates, mabul, malaysian, malyasia, marine, mutualism, mutualist, nature, ocean, sea, stenopus hispidus, symbiont, symbiosis, symbiotic, tropical, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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