Amano Shrimp

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Description of the Amano Shrimp

The Amano Shrimp is known by a whole host of other common names such as the Japanese Marsh Shrimp, Japanese Swamp Shrimp, Algae Eating Shrimp and Yamato Shrimp. It is a freshwater shrimp found in swampy areas and marshland in Japan. They are very similar in appearance to the Ghost shrimp, but can be distinguished by  their fan tail. The Amano shrimp is a great addition to the freshwater tropical aquarium, they are fantastic algae eaters and will help to keep the aquarium clean!

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Amano Shrimp

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Popular Name: Amano Shrimp
Species: Caridina japonica

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

  • Size: Up to 5cm 

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae, Flaked or Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Scavengers

  • Habitat: Marsh and Swamps in Japan

  • Behaviour: Ideal addition to a community tank

  • Range: Japan

Scientific Classification of the Amano 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: Caridina japonica

  • Popular Name: Amaro Shrimp - Yamato Shrimp - Japanese Marsh Shrimp -  Japanese Swamp Shrimp - Algae Eating Shrimp

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Atyidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Amano 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 is the Amano 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 - Why do Amano Shrimp have gills?
Gills enable the Amano 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 do Amano Shrimp have an Exoskeleton?
A shrimps shell is an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton protects the crustacean from predators and is also used for sensing and feeding. The exoskeleton grows and hardens and is eventually shred when the carpace becomes too small. The carpace is the upper section of the exoskeleton.

Interesting Facts and Information about Amano Shrimp

Amano Shrimp

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Amano Shrimp slimy?

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Amano Shrimp have fins?

  • Species: Caridina japonica

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