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20 May 2020

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

Antigua & Barbuda: Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, 20 May 2020. Images from IGPC.

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SPOTTEDD CLEANER SHRIMP SHEETLET OF 4V $4 $5 $6 $7
Country: Antigua and Barbuda
Topic: Animals, Fish, Marine Life
Item Number: ANT2003SH
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Date of Issue: 20-May-20

SPOTTED CLEANER SHRIMP S/S $14
Country: Antigua and Barbuda
Topic: Animals, Fish, Marine Life
Item Number: ANT2003SS
Scott Number:
Date of Issue: 20-May-20

The spotted cleaner shrimp (Periclimenes yucatanicus), is a kind of cleaner shrimp common to the Caribbean Sea. These shrimp live among the tentacles of several species of sea anemones. They sway their body and wave their antennae in order to attract fish from which they eat dead tissue, algae and parasites.

The spotted cleaner shrimp grows to a length of about 2.5 cm (1 in). It has a transparent body patterned with brown and white saddle shaped markings. The chelae and legs are boldly striped in red, purple and white. There are two pairs of long white antennae banded in black.

The spotted cleaner shrimp is found at depths down to about 24 metres (79 ft) in the Caribbean Sea, southern Florida, the Bahamas and as far south as Colombia.

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