White Spot Anemone Shrimp
The Glass Anemone Shrimp, also known as the White-patched Anemone Shrimp or Pacific Clown Anemone Shrimp, was discovered in 1902 and is the most commonly imported anemone shrimp. This shrimp has a transparent body with white spots scattered irregularly over its carapace and tail, which allows it to blend in with the tentacles of its host anemone. The Glass Anemone Shrimp is also recognizable by the five black-edged orange spots on its caudal fin. The Glass Anemone Shrimp prefers to live in a tank with anemones or sea cucumbers as they serve as hosts. The shrimp tends to stay close to its host and, in the absence of larger fish, will forage for food. The shrimp also shares its food with the anemone. The mucus secreted by the anemone protects the Glass Anemone Shrimp from the stinging cells of the anemone. However, every time the shrimp molts, it loses its mucus-covered shell and must hide from the anemone. It then slowly approaches the anemone to re-cover its body with mucus. In an aquarium with several Glass Anemone Shrimp, the males are typically larger and have more white spots than the females. The Glass Anemone Shrimp will thrive on a meat or fish-based diet in an aquarium.