Caridina loehae

Scientific name:

Caridina loehae¹

Official common name: (accepted by ESA)

Unofficial synonyms:

Orange Delight shrimp, Mini Blue Bee shrimp

Etymology:

The species name loehae (“blue”) is a reference to Loeha island (Indonesian: Pulau Loeha), which is a tract of land within Lake Matano (Malili lake system). This species has been found living in the waters around this island, but not exclusively.

Origin:

C. loehae is endemic to the Malili lake system, Sulawesi, Indonesia. It mainly inhabits Lake Matano and the Petea River, and its distribution within Lake Towuti is disputed.¹

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

Habitat:

C. loehae is a hard substrate dweller, occurring on and under small rocks and on gravel.¹

Size:

Appearance:

Behaviour:

The general colouration of C. loehae will change from orange-red to blue when stressed,

Difficulty:

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

Feeding:

Sexing:

Reproduction:

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

Notes:

Sources

  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).

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