The blood shrimp, also known as the scarlet cleaner shrimp and fire shrimp, is a brightly colored species that gets its name from the vibrant red color of its body.
Coloration is either ivory or deep, vibrant red
Antennae are long and white
Last three pereiopods (walking legs) have white tips
This cleaner shrimp attract fish over to a “cleaning station” by actively waving their distinctively white antennae. The fish allow the blood shrimp to eat any dead tissue and parasites, keeping the fish healthy and the blood shrimp well-fed.
Blood shrimp will form strong pair bonds. Research has shown that individuals are able to distinguish their partner from a stranger.
The blood shrimp’ population has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As a result, the current status of the population is unknown.
2 inches (5 centimeters)
Dead tissue and parasites
Black Sea, Azov Sea, and eastern Ponto-Caspian Sea