White-Booted Cleaner Shrimp
These omnivorous shrimp live up to their name! They actively "clean" their reef environments. The shrimp scavenge eating dead tissue and parasites in their vicinity. They have even been seen eating parasites off of fish. Shrimp crawl into the mouths of these fish and out their gill cavities – all without being eaten!
These nocturnal shrimp stay hidden most of the day, only coming out to feed. They prefer to climb over reef environments scavenging for food at night. They look for food scraps leftover from other fish and parasites to consume. They use their antennas to ward off predators and other fish who may swim to close to them!
Red Reef Hermit Crabs
The red reef hermit crab gets its name from its brightly colored legs which are contrasted by their yellow faces. Like the other shrimp added to our Picking exhibit, these crabs feed on algae and other organic matter found in their environment. While they inhabit areas near reefs, they prefer to spend their time on the sandy surface than on the reef itself.
Check out our colorful new additions on your next visit!
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