This anemoneshrimp is less than
3/4 inch in length. This type of shrimp is also found on
other types of hosts, including bubble coral, mushroom
coral, and certain jellyfish. Besides the Indo-Pacific
region, anemone shrimp are also found in the Red Sea.
The purple-spotted background in the picture is the
"skin" of the sea anemone column (body trunk).
There is uncertainty among scientists regarding whether
symbionts such as anemone shrimp and porcelain crabs are
"facultative symbionts" or "obligate
symbionts". As mentioned previously, organisms that
may, but don't need to live with an unrelated species of
organism are termed "facultative symbionts".
Those that must, such as anemonefishes, are
"obligate symbionts". Less is known about the
lives of these creatures than is known about anemonefish.
Identification of anemone shrimp: Periclimenes
Identification of sea anemone: Heteractis
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