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Banded coral shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) are sometimes seen cleaning fish at cleaning stations -shrimp and some species of fish clean off bits of dead tissue, old scales, from grouper, barracuda, angel fish, wrasse, to name a few. These shrimp advertise their cleaning station by waving their white tentacles. The Flower Gardens research program has been collaborating Texas A&M professor of invertebrate zoology, Dr. Mary Wicksten, and collecting data on the cleaning that occurs at the Sanctuary. Peach encrusting sponge (Clathria sp.) is shown with this shrimp. (photo: Emma Hickerson)

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