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Graceful Anemone Shrimp

Ancylomenes venustus


Also known as Venus Shrimp, Venus Anemone Shrimp, Venustus Cleaner Shrimp and Venustus Shrimp. Formerly classified as Periclimenes venustus. The color on this commensal shrimp's transparent abdomen is boomerang-shaped and edged with a darker hue. There are white and purple spots or rings on the tail and claws. They feed on parasites, algae and plankton and grow to about 2.5cm.


Found on sea anemones, bubble coral, mushroom coral and certain types of jellyfish. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 12, 2011
Submitted on Dec 6, 2011

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