TAXONOMY
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Caridea
Family: Hippolytidae

Genus/species: Lysmata debelius

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Length up to 3 centimetres (1.2 in) long, with males and females appearing similar. It has a deep blood red body, with conspicuous white antennae and white tips to the third to fifth pereiopods. There are white dots on the cephalothorax and legs; white dots on the abdomen distinguish L. splendida from L. debelius

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean coral reefs. Often found lingering around an Eel’s hole where it will clean the face of the eel when it sticks its head out.

DIET IN THE WILD: Carnivore. As a “cleaner shrimp,” it will set up cleaning stations and remove dead tissue and parasites from fish that present themselves. It will also scavenge for meaty bits along the substrate bottom.

REPRODUCTION: Pairs of fire shrimps will reproduce continually. Hermaphrodite, therefore any two individuals may mate. The greenish egg mass is held beneath the abdomen of the female until the larvae hatch which become free swimming, entering the plankton undergoing several weeks of development.

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