Shrimp healing injured fish


This July 2018 video says about itself:

These Shrimp Are a Clean-Up Crew For Dirty Fish | Nat Geo Wild

Along this Caribbean reef, Pederson cleaner shrimp wait to feast on the parasites of these fish.

From James Cook University in Australia:

Shrimp heal injured fish

August 23, 2018

James Cook University scientists in Australia have discovered that shrimp help heal injured fish.

PhD student David Vaughan is working on a project led by Dr Kate Hutson at JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture.

He said it was important to know how the shrimp interact with fish, as the team is in the process of identifying the best shrimp species to use to clean parasites from farmed and ornamental fish.

“Between 30 — 50% of farmed fish in Southeast Asia, the largest fish producing region in the world, are lost to parasites.

“We know that shrimp clean parasites from fish and if we can identify a species that does it efficiently, and does no harm, it offers a ‘greener’ alternative to chemicals”, he said.

Mr Vaughan said scientists knew injured fish visited shrimp ‘cleaning stations’ to have parasites removed — but the question was whether shrimp then took advantage of the injured fish and fed on their wounds. He said the relationship between cleaner shrimp and their client fish was complicated, with the shrimp known to eat the mucus of the fish and the fish occasionally eating the shrimp.

The scientists used high-definition cameras to record the details of the interaction between the species. “We found that shrimp did not aggravate existing injuries or further injure the fish”, said Mr Vaughan.

He said image analyses showed the cleaner shrimp actually reduced the redness of the injury. “Injuries in fishes are susceptible to invasion by secondary pathogens like viruses and bacteria, and the reduction in redness by shrimp indicates that cleaner shrimp could reduce infections.”

Mr Vaughan said cleaner shrimp are also known to indirectly influence the health of client fishes by reducing stress levels as a function of cleaning — which also increased the ability of the fish to heal.

1 thought on “Shrimp healing injured fish

  1. Pingback: Ancient trilobites, new study | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.