Cleaning Shrimps & allies

This interesting group of small benthic decapod crustaceans belongs to the Infraorder Stenopodidea. It includes only six species in two families in Australian waters, with the Banded Coral Shrimp always the most common and conspicuous. Stenopids are easily confused with shrimps or prawns, but unlike species in either of those groups it is the third pair of legs that is greatly enlarged. In the wild, stenopids like the Banded Coral Shrimp operate 'cleaning stations' to which fish come to be cleared of external parasites.

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