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Image of a scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp on a coral
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Cleaner Shrimp

The scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp gets its name from the white line running along the length of its back. These shrimp will actually set up cleaning stations on the reef where fish will line up to be cleaned. The shrimp feed on parasites and dead tissue picked from the fish. Even large carnivorous fish will allow the small shrimp to clean their teeth without eating them.

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