Caridina thambipillai

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Caridina thambipillai
Caridina thambipillai.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Atyidae
Genus: Caridina
Species: C. thambipillai
Binomial name
Caridina thambipillai
Johnson, 1961

Caridina thambipillai is a species of freshwater shrimp in the family Atyidae. It is native to Malaysia and Myanmar, where it occurs in streams.[1] It is a common crustacean of the freshwater aquarium trade, where it is known as the Sunkist shrimp.[2]

This species is usually brightly colored, but brown specimens are known. It is omnivorous.[2]

Little is known about the status of the species in the wild. It is not considered to be threatened, but it is sometimes harvested from the wild for sale in the pet trade.[1]


  1. ^ a b De Grave, S., Klotz, W. & Cai, X. 2013. Caridina thambipillai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013. Downloaded on 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Denaro, M. and R. O'Leary. The 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species. Adventurous Aquarist Guide Series. TFH Publications. 2014. Book Excerpt, Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine.

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