Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee”

Scientific name Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee”
IUCN category NE
Family Atyidae
Genus Paracaridina
Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee” Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee”

Introduction

Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee” is a little fresh water crustacea from the Asia.

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Who is it?

Morphology

How to recognize Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee” ?

Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee” measures between 2 and 2.2 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal.

Of elongated form, like all the shrimps, it has 5 pairs of legs and a segmented carapace at the level of the abdomen which ends in a tail in fan cut for swimming.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    living in colonies
  • territorial
    No
  • Venomous
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

Like all crustaceans, Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee” molts whenever it becomes cramped in its shell. Before the hardening of its new body, it is more vulnerable and spends a good part of its time hidden. This mechanism, very complex, allows the periodic renewal of the exoskeleton and part of the internal skeleton. It is also during the moult that the females become fertile.

Paracaridina sp ”Blue Bee” is a crustacea living in colonies naturally found on the bottom. This species is herbivorous . Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.

The cilia located on the legs and tail facilitate swimming, which is done in leaps when the abdominal muscles contract.

Reproduction

It is an exclusively freshwater species, the whole reproduction process takes place in fresh water. This species follows a mode of reproduction called "direct development". After several weeks of incubation, the female gives birth to fully formed juveniles ready to fend for themselves.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    20 - 24 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6 - 8

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