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AUGUST 06, 2021

13 Caridea Facts You’ll Never Forget

Caridea facts on a shrimp also popularly known as caridean shrimp.

There are a total of 2000 species of shrimp in the world. The diversity range in these species is truly amazing. They are divided into categories based on their colors pink, white, brown, and red. Caridea shrimp is a member of the same family. These species are popularly known as true shrimp, caridean shrimp within the order Decapoda. These species can be found in both fresh and salt waters. Their scientific name is Heterocarpus ensifer and order decapoda.

Caridean shrimp is a carnivorous being and feeds on algae, plants, worms, snails, and dead shrimps. Caridean shrimp are found in all countries in the world except Antarctica. The males and females reproduce and then the eggs develop through a process of metamorphosis. Humans consume various species of shrimp worldwide and caridean shrimps too are popularly consumed around the world. Shrimps contain nutritional value including vitamin B-12, phosphorus, and selenium. They are low-calorie protein-rich seafood. For more relatable content, check out prawn and peacock mantis shrimp facts.

Caridea Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a caridea?

A caridea is a type of shrimp that belongs to the classification kingdom Animalia and order Decapod crustaceans.

What class of animal does a caridea belong to?

The caridea is a type of shrimp that belongs to the classification class Malacostraca, family Caridea, and genus Macrobrachium. They belong to the order decapod crustaceans. Their scientific name is Heterocarpus ensifer.

How many carideas are there in the world?

Caridean shrimp are freshwater species that can also survive in saltwater whose exact population is not known. They are consumed in large amounts by people around the world. The caridean shrimp is a freshwater shrimp and can survive in saltwater as well. They belong to the phylum Anthropoda and infraorder Caridea. The red cherry shrimp prefers freshwater over seawater.

Where does a caridea live?

Caridea range in both oceans as well as sea and other water bodies. These species are seen in the Northern hemisphere to tropical waters. They live in the bottom levels of the water and are seldom seen in the upper levels. They belong to the order decapod.

What is a caridea's habitat?

The caridea is a freshwater species that can also survive in saltwater whose habitat range constitutes both fresh as well as saltwater bodies. They can be found near the bottom of the water body and they seldom come to the surface level. They are carnivorous beings and reside in habitats where they can access food easily.

Who do carideas live with?

Carideas live by themselves as well as in groups it's profitable for them to stay in groups as compared to living as solitary beings. Living in larger groups protects them from larger predators. A group of shrimp is referred to as a colony. Predators include fish, crabs, sharks, and humans.

How long does a caridea live?

A caridea lifespan is from one to six years. Tadpole shrimp are recorded as being the oldest living creature. This species has been around for 220 million years. They belong to the phylum Anthropoda. They belong to the order decapods.

How do they reproduce?

Caridean shrimps carry themselves on the underside of their body in their abdomen. Pair comes together for mating. Most pairs are considered to be monogamous. A female shrimp that carries her eggs inside her body in their abdomen is called a berried shrimp. Adult males find females and deposit sperm onto the female who passes the eggs under their tails. Baby shrimps attain maturity soon and as soon as they are ready they mate with possible mates. A pair is barely involved in raising their young.

What is their conservation status?

The caridean shrimp species of shrimp's conservation status is Not Evaluated as per the International Union For Conservation Of Nature IUCN red list of threatened species. They can survive in freshwater as well as saltwater.

Caridea Fun Facts

What do carideas look like?

Caridea shrimp seem to have a strong exoskeleton and a soft interior. This shrimp is a popular choice by fisheries around the world. These shrimp has a total of 26 limbs and prawns has the same number. Five pairs of legs are used for movement five more for swimming and the remaining as used as tools for feeding.  This shrimp tail also helps them facilitate movement. They have three pairs of legs. Their legs are hard to tell apart from the rest of their body. They also have two pairs of claws similar to lobsters. They have a segmented body that is wet with scales and a tail at the end. They have an overall sandy brown color. They have two eyes on either side which is dark-colored. They belong to the order decapod crustaceans. Female shrimp tend to have a deeper color as compared to male shrimp. Shrimps are truly amusing in diversity.  

Caridean shrimp is shrimps species with multiple legs and have an overall sandy brown color.
*Please note that the main image is of a cherry shrimp, not a caridea shrimp. If you have an image of a caridea shrimp please let us know at [email protected]

How cute are they?

These shrimps are extremely cute and adorable in appearance. These shrimps have a relatively small size and are close relatives with prawns and lobster. Prawns are often confused with shrimps although prawns are completely different although they are similar crustacean species. Prawn differs in taste. These species don't like being petted when alive although they might look attractive. It's best to observe such shrimp from a distance which you visit to see them. They belong to the order decapods. They can survive in freshwater as well as saltwater.

How do they communicate?

They make use of body language as well as calls and loud noises to communicate. All these sounds are inaudible to human beings. Mantis shrimp are known to communicate using noise almost seeming like they have their own voice.

How big is a caridea?

A caridea is 0.47-11.81 in (1.2-30 cm) in length which is considerably bigger than the smallest shrimp in the world i.e. the fairy shrimp which is 0.23-0.98 in (6-25 mm).

How fast can a caridea swim?

A caridea shrimp's exact speed is not recorded. This shrimp is largely bottom dwellers and don't move unless they sense a predator in which case they usually hide.

How much does a caridea weigh?

The exact weight of caridea shrimp is not evaluated but they weigh less as compared to other marine species. The most giant shrimp ever caught is the mantis shrimps.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Male and female shrimp are not addressed differently. Female shrimp tend to have a more vibrant and opaque color as compared to males and they also differ in reproductive functions.

What would you call a baby caridea?

A baby caridea shrimp is called a clutch since they are laid in multiple numbers. They develop through a process of metamorphosis. The juvenile shrimp develop independently without any assistance from their parents.

What do they eat?

These shrimp species are primarily carnivores and prey on algae, plants, worms, snails, and dead shrimps or crustaceans. This shrimp does not prefer coming to the upper levels of the water and reside in the same habitats for most of its life. Predators include sharks, fish, and humans. They have not ambushed predators and feed on food in adequate amounts. Juveniles' food consists of floating beings such as the zooplanktons.

Are they dangerous?

No, these shrimps are not dangerous to human beings. This shrimp is consumed by meat eaters around the world however, they need to be consumed in limited amounts. High amounts of shrimp can result in excess cholesterol. They prey upon small marine species.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, some people do adopt them as pets although this is a rare fact. This shrimp is a more active species than fish. Although, it's rare to see them. Beginners and experienced can keep shrimps. Certain shrimps can be kept with fish as well like guppy fishes. You could also consider other marine fish species to adopt. Various fish and marine species are available online as well as in stores. Fish are more popular pets.

Did you know...

Shrimp species have the ability to see color and lights which the human eye cannot catch. Species like the mantis shrimp have 16 color receptors while humans have only three.  

Shrimp species form an important part of the ecosystem. They help maintain a balance in the ecosystem.

In many parts of the world, shrimp species are eaten with their heads on. Their taste is preferred by many people in the world.

Ghost shrimp has the probability of dying as soon as they are placed in a tank. Some willingly appear dead at the bottom of the water hence their name.

White shrimp is priced more as compared to the usual shrimp. Normal shrimp tend to be smaller than white shrimp.

What does the word caridea mean?

The caridea species is a taxonomic infraorder that is usually for shrimp. Caridea etymology comes from the Greek word Karis meaning shrimp. Shrimps have six segments in their parts. Each species of shrimp varies slightly based on its appearance and size. They reside together in a group. They are not seen in solitary and chances are if you found one shrimp you will find more in a group.

Are all shrimp edible?

Most species of shrimp are edible but before cooking them a 'sand vein' on their back is removed. This is their digestive tract which is not harmful but is ideally removed. Shrimps raised in farms should ideally not be consumed since they are generally bred in extremely unhygienic conditions and contains toxins. This could include tiger shrimp and prawn or the black tiger shrimp. It's best to consume meat that comes from its natural habitat in the sea, oceans, or other water bodies and consuming them in limited amounts. Their exoskeleton or shell is easy to break into when cooked although their shell seems hard. The shrimp superfamily is one of the oldest creatures on the planet. This crustacean is consumed not only consumed by marine animals apart by humans alone.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other marine animals from our ghost shrimp facts and slipper lobster facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable caridea coloring pages.

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