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142. Sharing a toothbrush


An overhang on a Mauritian reef, populated by Clear Cleaner Shrimps (Urocaridella antonbruunii), is visited simultaneously by a big Tasseled Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) and a Yellowmouth Moray Eel (Gymnothorax nudivomer).

The shrimps move from one fish species to the other, whoever offers them the best pickings probably gets the best treatment. These little cleaners remove food scraps and leftovers from in-between the teeth of both predators. From the fishes point of view it looks a lot like sharing a toothbrush.


Cleaning stations are constantly visited by different fishes of all sorts. When you’ve identified a cleaning station it is wise to pose your camera and wait in patience for action. Within a few minutes you might be rewarded with some cool footage. Good things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who never give up.

More on this topic:

For another post about the Clear Cleaner Shrimp go to post 145 or click following link https://www.beyondscuba.com/post/clear-cleaner-shrimp-urocaridella-antonbruunii

and post 137 or click https://www.beyondscuba.com/post/a-few-too-many-clear-cleaner-shrimps-urocaridella-antonbruunii

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