Macrobrachium scabriculum

18. December 2017

We have obtained once more beautiful chameleon shrimps (Macrobrachium scabriculum) from India. The common name for that species has been given by Uwe Werner due to the change of the basic coloration during the life. Initially these shrimps are translucent, then they usually become blueish, then brownish and finally almost black. Only the contrasting stripe on the back is present the whole life through. Males become about 6.5 cm long, females about 5 cm. Males develope on one of their chelipeds a kind of fur. The eggs produced by this species are very small, the larvae have to be reared in marine water. As soon as the young shrimps look like shrimps they leave the sea, enter freshwater and stay there for the rest of their lifes.

For our customers: the animals have code 484712 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer