By Bob Goemans
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Family Palaemonidae

Periclimenes tosaensis

Bruce, 1969

Cleaner Shrimp

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Western Pacific Ocean

Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits coral reef environments and lives in symbiosis with anemones, mushroom corals, Fungia, Goniopora, Catalaphyllia, and the mangrove jellyfish Cassiopeia.

Aquarium Suitability: Not collected for the home aquarium trade.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Arthropoda

    Class: Malacostraca

    Order: Decapoda

    Family: Palaemonidae

    Genus: Periclimenes

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

Depends upon the cleaning process for its food.

Generally observed in the wild in large groups sharing the host.

 Periclimenes tosaensis (Cleaner Shrimp)
Photo © Robert Patzner
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