Periclimenes imperator

Scientific name Periclimenes imperator
Descriptor Bruce
Year of description 1967
IUCN category NE
Family Palaemonidae
Genus Periclimenes
Periclimenes imperator Periclimenes imperator

Introduction

Periclimenes imperator is a little salt water crustacea.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    2.5 cm
  • Maximum size
    3 cm
  • Average size
    2.5 cm
  • Maximum size
    3 cm

How to recognize Periclimenes imperator ?

Periclimenes imperator measures between 2.5 and 3 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.

This species belongs to the "long arm shrimp" group because its second pair of claws is of imposing size. These appendages are used mainly to defend themselves, but also to catch food.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    No
  • Venomous
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

Like all crustaceans, Periclimenes imperator 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.

Periclimenes imperator is a crustacea solitary. This species is scavenger . 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.

Periclimenes imperatoris not a very good swimmer, especially when it reaches adulthood. It moves mainly with the help of its legs.

Reproduction

  • Migratory species
    Yes

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.

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 0 m

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