Tomato cod with cleaner shrimp

Tomato cod with cleaner shrimp

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Caption: Tomato cod (Cephalopholis sonnerati) having its gills cleaned by a cleaner shrimp. This is a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship: the shrimp removes harmful parasites from the fish's body and in return can feed unharmed. The tomato cod is a type of grouper found in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. Photographed off Mabul Island, Malaysia.

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Keywords: animal, bony fish, cephalopholis sonnerati, cleaner shrimp, cleaning, gill slits, gills, grouper, head, indo-pacific, mabul, malaysian, nature, parasites, pisces, removal, removing, south east asian, station, symbiosis, symbiotic, tomato cod, wildlife, zoology

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