Caridina masapi

Scientific name:

Caridina masapi¹

Official common name: (accepted by ESA)

Unofficial synonyms:

Towuti Tiger shrimp, Six Banded Blue Bee shrimp, Sunghai Electric shrimp


The species name masapi refers to how this is the only shrimp species found in Lake Masapi of the Malili lake system.


C. masapi is endemic to the Malili lake system, where it is distributed throughout the lakes and rivers. It is uncommon within Lake Matano and Lake Mahalona, however, and it is the only shrimp species discovered within Lake Masapi and Lontoa. ¹

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


C. masapi is found on a wide range of substrates, but mainly soft substrates (macrophytes and leaf litter). ¹





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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