Caridina loehae

Scientific name:

Caridina loehae¹

Official common name: (accepted by ESA)

Unofficial synonyms:

Orange Delight shrimp, Mini Blue Bee shrimp


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.


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


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




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


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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