The Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) is a tiny and attractive shrimp that will live commensally on sea cucumbers, starfish and nudibranchs in the wild. In aquariums they are usually kept for ornamental purposes. They grow to less than an inch long, around 3/4s of an inch when fully grown. They do not need to form a commensal relationship to be kept in your aquarium. In the wild they form these relationships with animals that are toxic, and use those animals as protection from predators. The small shrimp is otherwise defenseless. In your aquarium this will likely not be an issue, but you should avoid keeping this species with shrimp predators, including sea horses.
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This species is compatible with:
|Anemone Shrimp (Any)||✔|
|Bumble Bee Shrimp||✔|
|Coral Banded Shrimp (Any)||✘|
|Randall's Pistol Shrimp||✔|
|Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp||✔|
|Spotted Anemone Shrimp||✔|