Red Orchid shrimp

Scientific name:

Caridina glaubrechti¹

Official common name: (accepted by ESA)

Red Orchid shrimp

Unofficial synonyms:

Brown Camo shrimp, Mini Red Line Bee shrimp, Blue Dot Red Line Bee shrimp


The species name glaubrechti is a dedication to Mattias Glaubrecht, “who initiated the current research on endemic species flocks from the ancient lakes of Sulawesi, and who also collected several shrimp specimens”.¹


C. glaubrechti is a lacustrine species endemic to Lake Towuti, Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is found mainly in the western part of the lake.¹

The image below show the distribution of the species within the lake.¹


C. glaubrechti is found on hard substrate (rocks and wood), specifically preferring smaller rocks in shallow water. It is still found at depths greater than 3m and on larger rocks, however.¹


(20 – 25mm)


C. glaubrechti is primarily brown, with several white bands and patches all over the body, including the pereiopods and uropods. The body colour ranges from red to brown, and becomes less intense when the shrimp is stressed. The carapace is slim and terminates with an elongated, slender rostrum that curves upwards. The tailfan bears a white spot on each endopod and exopod.



Due to the delicate nature of these shrimp, I recommend only experienced and skilled aquarists attempt to keep this species.




Reproduction takes place entirely in freshwater, and offspring immediately assume a benthic lifestyle.



  1. von Rintelen, K. & Cai, Y., (2009). Radiation of endemic species flocks in ancient lakes: systematic revision of the freshwater shrimp Caridina H. Milne Edwards, 1837 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Atyidae) from the ancient lakes Of Sulawesi, Indonesia, with the description of eight new species. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 57(2).


Chris Lukhaup



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