Blood Red Fire ShrimpLysmata debelius
Shrimp belong to the Class Crustacea and Order Decapoda, which is characterized by two pair of antennae, three body parts, and five pairs of legs. The head of Shrimp is connected to the thorax and covered by a shell called carapace. The antennae of Shrimp are normally long and thin and serve the Shrimp as extended eyes. Shrimp have highly developed abdomens which allows for quick movement. In order for Shrimp to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Shrimp will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Shrimp finds a hiding place and allows its new shell to harden.
The Blood Red Fire Shrimp is a very popular shrimp because of its stunning color. These shrimp are a deep red, with white antennae and white spots on their body.
In nature, these shrimp set up large cleaning stations on the reef where fish will come to have parasites picked from their skin. The Blood Shrimp gladly provides this valuable service to even the fiercist predators. Blood Shrimp are often found lingering around an Eel's hole where it will clean the face of the eel as it sticks its head out.
In the home aquarium, these shrimp prefer lots of rockwork to hide in, but will also provide cleaning services for their fellow aquarium inhabitants. This can be very helpful in preventing diseases like Ick.