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Red Rock Shrimp (Lysmata californica)

Arthropoda > Crustacea > Malacostraca > Decapoda > Pleocyemata > Caridea > Lysmatidae

One of the so-called "cleaner shrimps", responsible for the removal of parasites and debris from various fishes; L. californica associates with the Moray Eel Gymnothorax mordax, but it may also be solitary in rocky habitats. The shrimp is found intertidally to about 80m, and in rocky reefs and kelp beds from Baja to Point Conception.

1. Wicksten, M.K. 2011. Decapod Crustacea of the Californian and Oregonian Zoogeographic Provinces. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library. UC San Diego: UC San Diego Library – Scripps Collection. Retrieved from:

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