Caridina striata

Scientific name:

Caridina striata

Official common name: (accepted by ESA)

Unofficial synonyms:

Red Line Bee shrimp



C. striata is a lacustrine species endemic to the Malili lake system, Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is widely distributed in Lake Towuti, and found in fewer number in Lake Mahalona.¹

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


C. striata is a hard substrate dweller, occurring between small rocks in shallow water and large rocks of depths greater than 3m.¹



C. striata is primarily red with striking white stripes (and a small number of white spots). The appendages are reddish and transparent, excluding the chelipeds which are bright white. The intensity of the shrimp’s colouration decreases when it is 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 Zoology57(2).


Chris Lukhaup


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