By Bob Goemans
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Family Palaemonidae

Ancylomenes venustus

(Bruce, 1989)

Beautiful Cleaner Shrimp, Purple Cleaner Shrimp

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Malaysia and Indonesia to Southern Japan and south to Australia.

Size: 1 inch (2 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: Anclyomenes

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

Depends upon the cleaning process for its food.

Will have to leave the anemone or its protector when it molts, therefore can easily be eaten by larger fishes.

 Ancylomenes venustus (Beautiful Cleaner Shrimp, Purple Cleaner Shrimp)
Photo © Robert Patzner
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