|Wrote by Zeck, translated by Logow|
Common names :
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Origin : The Caribbean
Water specifications :
- pH : 7.5 (can handle around 8 pH in natural habitat)
- GH : 6 (can handle around GH 9 to 9,5 in natural habitat)
- Temperature : 22 to 28°C / 71.6 to 82.4 °F (can handle up to 30°C / 86 °F in natural habitat)
- Male : 2.5 to 4cm
- Female : 2.5 to 4cm
Description : Specie with a characteristic rostrum, that presents a series of little spikes on the backside base section, and another on the distal part of the under side. (See drawings d & e of the prints). Variations on the length of the rostrum are detailed in the study from Chace, 1969 : The younger specimens having a relatively longer rostrum than the adults( length compared to size of the specimen). The periopods have very well developed exopods, but the second pair isn’t equipped with a long brush of hairs like other Atyidae.
The rostrum is generally golden/yellow sometimes with a little red tint to it. This similarity with Caridina gracilirostris is the reason why we consider this shrimp to belong to the “gracilirostris complex”.
The body is totally transparent, this leaving internal organs apparent.
Behaviour : Absolutely harmless.
Life span :
Feeding habits : Principally vegetarian. Will gladly accept a few flakes or bottom tabs.
Sexual dismorphism :
- Petshrimps.com : Xiphocaris elongata
- Aquabase : Xiphocaris elongata
- Wirbellose.de: Xiphocaris elongata
- AcquariOnline Forum : Xiphocaris elongata
- IRD (all rights reserved) : Crevettes d’eau douce de la Guadeloupe (Atyidae et Palaenaonidae), Christian Lévèque. Cahiers ORSTOM. Série Hydrobiologie, 1974, 8 (1), p. 41-49. (pdf)
Sources (Works) :
- Süßwassergarnelen aus aller Welt, Andreas Karge & Werner Klotz, pg 158