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Association masked moray eel - cleaner shrimp
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Solitary and territorial, the masked moray eel (Gymnothorax breedeni) often lives in association with cleaner shrimps. They benefit from the protection of the moray eel and the remains of its meals by cleaning its teeth and deworming its jaws invaded by parasitic copepods. Cleaner shrimps easily insert their paws into the moray eel's mouth which is often kept open to allow the circulation of water into its gills.
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