Species Index

Lysmata amboinensis
(de Man, 1888)

Distribution: Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region. In Australia recorded from Exmouth in Western Australia, Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: Frequents overhangs, small caves and crevices where it establishes cleaning stations for fishes. Specimens in photographs at a depth of 21 m.

Additional Notes: Red back with white median stripe from rostrum to tail, yellow sides and belly, with long white antennae. Known to be a cleaner shrimp on fish species where it removes old skin and small parasites, see lower photograph with Gymnothorax nudivomer. Specimens pictured around 40 mm body length. Grows to 60 mm.

References: Reef Creature Identification, Tropical Pacific. Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach, New World Publications Inc, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, 2012 edition. p.90.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 14/11/2018.