Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus), Indo-Pacific ocean reef crustacean, Seattle Aquarium, Washington, USA.
The Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) is a common sight on nearly every Indo-Pacific ocean reef. Also known as a Coral Banded Shrimp, Banded Boxer Shrimp, Banded Prawn, Barber-Pole Shrimp, or Cleaner Shrimp, it often feeds on the parasites that cooperative fish or eels allow it to pick off their bodies. Stenopus hispidus is a shrimp-like decapod crustacean, belonging to the infraorder Stenopodidea. Although it looks like a shrimp, it is not a true shrimp. It is a few centimetres long and has red bands around its body, and long, white antennae. The body is covered with short defensive spines. Like other decapods they can use the tail to escape backwards rapidly (the caridoid escape reaction). Stenopus hispidus is a common aquarium pet, because it removes dead tissue, algae and parasites from the tank and from larger fish. Seattle Aquarium, Washington, USA.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download