Bamboo Shrimp

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Description of the Bamboo Shrimp

The Bamboo Shrimp is also known as the Asian Filter Shrimp, Flower Shrimp, Wood shrimp or Fan shrimp. It doesn't have any claws so is harmless to fish, ensure there are no Cichlids or other aggressive fish in the tank or they will view the Bamboo shrimp as a meal! Most Bamboo shrimps are brown but can vary from yellowish brown to a reddish brown in color.

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Bamboo Shrimp

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Popular Name: Bamboo Shrimp
Species: Atyopsis moluccensis

Profile of the Bamboo Shrimp
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Bamboo Shrimp species.

  • Size: Up to 12cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.5-7.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Driftwood, Algae Wafers

  • Temperament: Peaceful, good addition to a community tank

  • Habitat: Rivers and Streams in South East Asia

  • Behaviour: Not aggressive

  • Range: South East Asia

Scientific Classification of the Bamboo Shrimp
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Atyopsis moluccensis

  • Popular Name: Bamboo Shrimp - Asian Filter Shrimp - Flower Shrimp - Wood shrimp -Fan shrimp

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Atyidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Bamboo Shrimp?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Bamboo Shrimp have gills?
Gills enable the Bamboo Shrimp to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Bamboo Shrimp called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). True crabs are Decapod Crustaceans. Some species such as Hermit crabs, Porcelain crabs King crabs and Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs!  Decapod Crustaceans have five pairs of legs, the first three are used for feeding. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

Interesting Facts and Information about Bamboo Shrimp

Bamboo Shrimp

  • Interesting Information about Bamboo Shrimp

  • Facts about Fish Species - What are Crustaceans?

  • Why do the Crustaceans have an exoskeleton (external skeleton)?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Atyopsis moluccensis

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