The largest species of freshwater shrimp at all is Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Males of the species can reach a length of 50 cm (inclusive the long arms), as is shown by the specimens we photographed years ago on a food marked in Thailand. Despite that enormous size the species does not get old. Scientific research found that the shrimps live only 1.5 years. In this time they sometimes wander more than 1.000 km upstreams of rivers and back again, for the larvae can hatch in marine environment only.
Macrobrachium rosenbergii is heavily used in aquacuture in southeast Asia. We import medium sized specimens (body length without the arms 6-8 cm) on a regular basis. Some females of that size from our current stock have spawned now!
For our customers: the animals have code 484554 on our stocklist. Please note that we excvlusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer