Animal Update: New Additions to our Picking Exhibit!

Two white-booted cleaner shrimp, two peppermint shrimp and two red reef hermit crabs were added to the Picking exhibit.

Published November 04, 2016

White-Booted Cleaner Shrimp

These omnivorous shrimp live up to their name! They actively "clean" their reef environments. The shrimp scavenge eating dead tissue and parasites in their vicinity. They have even been seen eating parasites off of fish. Shrimp crawl into the mouths of these fish and out their gill cavities – all without being eaten!

Peppermint Shrimp

These nocturnal shrimp stay hidden most of the day, only coming out to feed. They prefer to climb over reef environments scavenging for food at night. They look for food scraps leftover from other fish and parasites to consume. They use their antennas to ward off predators and other fish who may swim to close to them!

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Red Reef Hermit Crabs

The red reef hermit crab gets its name from its brightly colored legs which are contrasted by their yellow faces. Like the other shrimp added to our Picking exhibit, these crabs feed on algae and other organic matter found in their environment. While they inhabit areas near reefs, they prefer to spend their time on the sandy surface than on the reef itself.

Check out our colorful new additions on your next visit!

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates.

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