Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)

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Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Lysmata amboinensis

57 Litres (15 US G.)

2.5-5.1cm (1-2 ")


8.2 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Other (See article)

3-5 years

This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit]

Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-Banded Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-Striped Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, Skunk Cleaner Shrimp


These shrimp are hermaphroditic.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Peaceful shrimp that will 'clean' fish. Do not keep with aggressive fish or other invertebrates that may eat or attack it. The shrimp can be kept singly or in groups.


Removes dead tissue and parasites from passing fish. They will also clean your hand while you do tank maintenance.

Feeding regime[edit]

Will pick at passing fish.

Environment Specifics[edit]

It will not tolerate copper or high levels of nitrates in the aquarium, but will require correct levels of iodine in the water to promote proper moulting.


A peaceful shrimp, will set up a 'cleaning station' where passing fish will pause to have parasites and dead tissue removed.


This shrimp has a pale yellow body and legs with two bold red stripes running down its back with a white stripe dividing the two. There are two white spots at the end of its tail. It can be mistaken for the Lysmata grabhami, but the L. grabhami does not have these spots.


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