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Urocaridella pulchella Cave Cleaner Shrimp

Urocaridella pulchellais commonly referred to as Cave Cleaner Shrimp. Difficulty in the aquarium: Easy. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


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lexID:
13896 
AphiaID:
390270 
Scientific:
Urocaridella pulchella 
German:
Höhlen-Putzergarnele 
English:
Cave Cleaner Shrimp 
Category:
Shrimps 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Arthropoda (Phylum) > Malacostraca (Class) > Decapoda (Order) > Palaemonidae (Family) > Urocaridella (Genus) > pulchella (Species) 
Initial determination:
Yokes & Galil, 2006 
Occurrence:
Kuwait, Suez-Kanal, (the) Maldives, Arabian Sea, Cleaner fish, Egypt, Greece, Gulf of Aqaba / Gulf of Eliat, India, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Israel, Java, Jordan, Lessepsian migrant, Levantine Sea (Mediterranean), Philippines, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, The Aegan Sea (Mediterranean), the Andaman Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey 
Sea depth:
1 - 20 Meter 
Size:
up to 2.36" (6 cm) 
Temperature:
°F - 86 °F (°C - 30°C) 
Food:
Copepods, Mucus, Parasites 
Difficulty:
Easy 
Offspring:
Possible to breed 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2021-05-30 13:36:59 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Urocaridella pulchella are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Urocaridella pulchella, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Urocaridella pulchella, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.

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Urocaridella pulchella is a small cave-cleaning shrimp that feeds on parasites that have settled on fish and especially moray eels (f.e. Muraena helena Linnaeus, 1758) (copepods, isopods, flukes) as well as food remains and the mouth mucus of the cleaning
Shrimp approach the fish and begin cleaning, sometimes penetrating the fish's mouth and gill cavities.

Almost all specimens reported in this paper, as well as previous records, were observed in burrows, crevices, and/or during night dives.
Urocaridella pulchella also thrives in dark cave zones.

The lack of regular reports of the species' occurrence may be attributed to its small size, mostly transparent body, and preference for cryptic habitats.

It would be interesting to know if there are husbandry experiences of Mediterranean or Red Sea divers who have brought the animals home from vacation.


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