Official common name: (accepted by ESA)
The species name profundicola (“inhabits the depths”) is derived from Latin profundus, which means ‘depths’, and collere, which means ‘to inhabit’. The name refers to how the species occurs at greater depths than other Caridina spp in the lakes.
C. profundicola is a lacustrine species endemic to Lake Towuti, Sulawesi, Indonesia.¹
The image below show the distribution of the species within the lake.¹
C. profundicola is found on hard substrate, the majority between large rocks. Mature specimens were found exclusively below 3m depths, whereas juveniles can also be found amongst leaf-litter in shallow water.¹
The body and appendages of C. profundicola are yellow-transparent and sometimes slightly red. The abdomen bears two conspicuous yellow transversal stripes, which are also distinctive in juveniles. The eggs of this species are a striking green, and very conspicious.
C. profundicola is a relatively inactive species and will remain still even when disturbed, but will flee rapidly with Caridoid escape reaction if necessary.
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.
- 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).