|The Banded coral shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) belongs to the Stenopodidea infraorder and while it looks like a shrimp and has the word shrimp in its name, it is not a true shrimp. Other common names are banded boxer shrimp, banded prawn, coral banded shrimp or barber-pole shrimp.|
They are medium to large sized shrimp and have red bands around their bodies, and long, white antennae. The body is covered with short spines, which are used in defence. They have the ability to grow back a broken claw if it breaks off. Like other decapods they can use the tail to escape backwards rapidly (the caridoid escape reaction). They are cleaner shrimp and hang around openings in the reef and sponges waiting for customers. S. hispidus is a common aquarium pet, because of its cleaning activities. It removes dead tissue, algae and parasites from larger fish, and may even clean the fingernails of hands that are carefully reached towards it.
They like to hang upside down on rocks and shells. They are commonly found in anchialine pools and on coral reefs.
This was taken in 30m of water.
This shrimp was waiting for customers to clean.