back button

100 dpi image

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)

Download/Display 300 dpi image
NOAA logo Revised November 25, 2005 by Sanctuaries Web Group
Many links leave the National Marine Sanctuary Web Site - please view our Link Disclaimer for more information
National Ocean Service | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/pgallery/pgflower/living/living_30.html