Anemone Shrimp

The shrimp shown in this picture is a lot smaller then it looks- most adult anemone shrimp will only grow to about ½-1 inches long. Anemone shrimp (Periclimenes inornatus), reside as the name suggests, in anemones, much like clownfish. Both clownfish and anemone shrimp are resistant to the stings of the anemone tentacles. Instead of eating the anemone, they hide inside and feed off of leftovers coming from the sedentary anemones. They are found in tropical seas, and warm water oceans, as well as aquariums across the world.


Beth Waterson, Missouri