Effects of three Caribbean cleaner shrimps on ectoparasitic monogeneans in a semi-natural environment

  title={Effects of three Caribbean cleaner shrimps on ectoparasitic monogeneans in a semi-natural environment},
  author={Amber M. McCammon and Paul C. Sikkel and Donna Nemeth},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Most research on cleaning symbioses on coral reefs has focused on fish clients being cleaned by smaller fishes. While many shrimps and other crustaceans are reported as cleaners, whether they remove parasites from fish hosts and can effectively regulate populations of ectoparasites is unclear. The effects of Pederson shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni), spotted shrimp (P. yucatanicus), and banded coral shrimp (Stenopus hispidus), on the parasitic monogenean Neobenedenia melleni on a host reef fish… CONTINUE READING
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