Banded Coral Shrimp

The banded coral shrimp is truly unique with long, white antennae, and its body and legs are red or violet (the red bands) with white stripes.  Known as a cleaner shrimp, the banded coral shrimp hangs around openings in the reef and around sponges as it waves its long white antenna to attract fish, and then cleans them of algae and parasites, which is its primary food source.  If you place your hand close to it, it may even clean your fingernails.

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