Anemone Shrimp (Periclimenes venustus)
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Crustacea
Range: Tropical Oceans
Size: 2 in. Space:: 10+ gal. Diet: Scavenger
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: Anemone Shrimp may host with an anemone or coral. It picks up stinging mucus from its host organism and becomes coated with it, protecting it from being stung and from predation. It has been observed to eat bits of anemone flesh, tentacle, mucus, and carrion, thus harming its host.
Husbandry: The Anemone Shrimp will thrive best if kept with its host anemone. If it molts, it will leave the anemone temporarily until its shell hardens and then recoats itself with anemone mucus. Individuals from the Indo-Pacific Region have been reported to be the most harmful to their host anemones.
AKA: White-patched Anemone Shrimp
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